A previous post I did reminded me of this song, Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God. I first heard it on my Lutheran Via de Cristo retreat weekend in 1990 and it has been a favorite ever since. If it’s new to you, I hope it will become one of your favorites as well. It speaks to our need for spiritual, as well as physical bread.
“And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” Luke 12:29-31
Yesterday I spent most of the day with a group of ladies who are preparing to conduct a Via de Cristo Women’s Retreat weekend. The leader gave us an ice breaker question. We were tell the group what was the most important thing to us about our original weekend. It was interesting to hear because there were so many different answers. For one person it was the music; for another a particular talk; for another a conversation with a Pastor. Women spoke about the love they felt, the acceptance they received and the people they met. I heard comments like, “God must have planned that weekend just for me” or “I knew I was there to hear that one talk.”
What I got out of this was how different we all are. Everybody needs something. Not just food and drink, or money to pay the rent, but things like peace, friendship, mentoring, uplifting. How amazing that God knows all our needs, physical and spiritual, and when we seek Him genuinely, He provides not only provides it all, but we get it at just the right time!
The key is for us to remember to seek His kingdom always; to rest in His presence and His provision every day. He knows our every need! He’s taking care of things. If we learn to seek Him, not just on retreat, but in the press of daily living, our lives would be so much easier!
So, I’m asking our readers, have you been on a Via de Cristo weekend, or any form of Cursillo retreat? How did God provide for your needs that weekend? I’d like to hear more answers.