"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--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 our first 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, but 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 was going to keep reading but I felt the Lord stop me and ask how I wanted to be rewarded. I was so surprised. 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?