“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.” – Matthew 13:44
The poignant lyrics of the classic rock ballad speak to me deeply.
I have climbed highest mountains / I have run through the fields … I have run / I have crawled / I have scaled these city walls …
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
Consciously or unconsciously we’re all looking for something. I believe that something is joy.
Inexhaustible, indestructible, unfailing joy. It’s what the proverbial hole in all our hearts long for. It’s what we strive for. It’s what we save for. It’s what we want for Christmas and every other day of the year.
Of course, we do. We were created with and for meaning, purpose, and joy. This deep and human longing for joy is at the heart of Advent. It’s at the heart of Isaiah’s prophetic words about the Messiah. (Isaiah 8-9) It is what Zechariah and Elizabeth were hoping for. It’s what Anna was praying for. Finding joy is what Christmas is all about. This joy isn’t found in a toy, necklace, fireplace, or tradition. The joy of Christmas is only found in a person.
I’ve got good news. The joy we’re looking for has come near to us. Jesus, Emmanuel – God with us.
Prayer: “Father, in this Advent season I’ll be tempted to look for joy in all the wrong places. Help me to keep my eyes on you – the treasure of joy. You are the one who is inexhaustible, indestructible, and unfailing!”