Updated: Oct 4, 2021
"For he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him". Hebrews 11:6
What does it mean to be a diligent seeker of God? Does it mean looking to Him always and asking Him to fill us so full of Himself that nothing of us peeks out? That would be amazing. Spoiler alert—the following story is very unusual.
John and I asked God for nearly seven years for a child. While we were in YWAM in Texas we were invited to be helpers at a Bible camp for a weekend. We were told great food would be the pay. The bus quickly filled up. In YWAM the food was sparse. I am not complaining—I am just saying why the bus was full of eager volunteers.
The first night—after helping in the camp kitchen—the group decided to hang out and watch a movie together. I was about to join my friends when I felt the Lord impress on my heart not to go with the group—to stay and spend time with Him. I stayed behind.
I read in my Bible, “God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6). I intended to keep reading but I felt the Lord stop me and ask how I wanted to be rewarded. I was so surprised— shocked. I didn’t feel like a diligent seeker. I felt God ask me to look up Psalm 127:3. It was another surprise to read, “Children are a heritage of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is His reward.”
That was incredibly special. God spoke to my heart that we were going to have a baby girl—and we were to name her Sarah Beth Groot. The initials SBG would stand for "Sent by God". Guess what our first child’s name is? God is so faithful. Trust Him. He loves you. Blessings, Beloved of God.