The baseball pennant race is over. The football season is more half way through. Team members are continually demonstrating how much effort must go into their sport in order to be successful. Each player has spent years of intense work to get where they are today. The same is true for those who achieve things in academics, and other fields. They apply desire, skill, determination, and years of work. These qualities also need to be applied to our “search” for God. When Paul was in Athens he said to the people, that God made man “so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:27) To the Philippians he wrote, “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”(3:12) God has first reached out to us. Otherwise we would not even consider Him. God loves us, and is always close at hand, but to truly know Him and understand something of His nature it takes desire, skill, determination, and time. He is with us all along the way, and His love draws us more deeply into His life.