My family and I have a slightly embarrassing confession: We love the show Finding Bigfoot.
Though they’ve stopped making new episodes, we’ve got our DVR set to record every re-run aired. We love Bobo with his crazy hair and reenactments. We chuckle at the team’s eery Bigfoot calls. We like the mystery of it all. How, even though they’ve never seen a Bigfoot, they don’t stop looking for one.
Today, as we laid around the living room recovering from our week at youth camp, we watched an old episode. The team was in the Appalachian Mountains where they pulled out all the stops. As usual, they were prepared. They had their hiking gear, night-vision and heat-sensing goggles. They had sonar listening devices and sound equipment. They even had a baboon on loan from a local zoo, hoping her sounds would stir a reaction from the ultimate hide-and-seek champ. They brought everything they could think of to help them see and/or hear something on their quest.
As I watched, I also noticed what they did not bring. They did not bring music, videos or social media. They did not bring books or podcasts. They didn’t invite a big group of friends to sit down and chitchat or debate. They didn’t spend their time in the woods texting or checking emails. They knew why they were there and they were focused. They were finding Bigfoot.
Jesus says we should do the same.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 NLT
When we truly want to see God, Jesus says we can and we will. When we keep seeking Him, asking for more of Him, knocking on the door of His presence, He says we will find Him.
Though the team has yet to prove Bigfoot’s identity, they have not stopped believing he is out there. In fact, they have traveled the world in hopes of finding him! They have interviewed countless people who say they’ve seen him, even followed them back to the site of their encounter. They keep seeking and you know what? They keep finding evidence of him. They keep hearing noises and seeing movements. They keep finding reasons to continue their search.
I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced. I’ve seen and heard enough to believe God is who He says He is. In fact, God’s Word says we all have seen evidence of Him. Enough to leave us without an excuse for disbelief.
Unlike Bigfoot, God is not elusive. And—He ABSOLUTELY exists! Even when we don’t hear Him or see Him moving, the truth is He is closer than we realize. The question about God is not Does He exist? but Will we look for Him? Will we seek His presence? Will we wait for Him to move? Will we be prepared? Will we remove distractions for the chance to hear His voice or see His power? Will we travel the world in pursuit of Him? Talk with and listen to those who’ve encountered Him? Or, will we continue our journey even when the people around us say He’s a fraud?
Finding Bigfoot may never make another episode, but that doesn’t mean Bigfoot hunters will stop their quest. These people won’t stop believing in his existence or searching for his whereabouts. Real or not, those who say they’ve seen him will never be convinced he isn’t out there.
The same goes for all who truly believe in Jesus. Even though we’ve never physically seen Him we still believe, and the Bible says our souls are saved because we do! We will never stop seeking Him, not because we can’t find Him, but because we have—and we want to see more! We find His footprints in His Word, His fingerprints in creation. Hear His voice in the testimony of His children. Witness His power in changed lives.
We’re not just seeking Him, we’re following Him, too. Wherever He steps, we step. We aim to reenact His ways, His love. We hope to provide even more evidence of His existence to a world full of skeptics.
So there it is. The secret is out. We watch Finding Bigfoot—and we like it. Who knows whether he’s really out there or not? Honestly, what does it matter? The hope of finding him is what makes the quest worth watching.
Maybe they should make a show called Finding Jesus. THAT would be worth watching!
“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”
Romans 1:20 NLT
“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.”
1 Peter 1:8-9 NLT
“The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.”
Psalms 145:18 NLT
“If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.”
Jeremiah 29:13 NLT