"Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake the way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and return to our God, for he will abundantly pardon ... For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song; and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." (Isaiah 55:6-7, 12).
If you need words of encouragement this morning (and who doesn't), these words from Isaiah remind us of God's never-failing love and never-ending mercy. God invites us to seek him, but there's no game of hide-and-seek going on; God is near and wants to be found. It's as if we think we're playing the game and we get done counting to twenty or a hundred or whatever and we open our eyes and yell, "Here, I come." Then we turn around and God is standing there, arms wide open, yelling back, "Here I am, you found me." Then Isaiah gives us the imagery of mountains singing and trees clapping - because that's how happy God is we've found him.
Some days, it's easy to think of God as distant from us - either off dealing with something really important or surrounded by a crowd like Waldo in a painting. But the truth is that you are really important to God; so important that when you take the time to seek him out, God's creation stops to party with you. As the hymn says, "Amazing love, how can it be?" And yet, it is.