God’s Personal Pursuit of You
FEBRUARY 8, 2019
“O Eternal One, You have explored my heart and know exactly who I am.” Psalm 139:1
I found her sulking by the window as the sun sank fast in the evening sky.
“What’s wrong?” I asked my 4-year-old.
“Daddy’s playing baseball with Josh again,” she complained with a sigh.
I peered through the smudgy glass and saw my husband standing in the front yard with a baseball mitt on one hand and a small white ball in the other. Our son, Joshua, stood a few feet away, poised with a wooden bat and a wide grin.
The crack of the bat sent Joshua racing across the yard with his daddy in close pursuit, and the preschooler beside me stomped her foot in frustration.
Confused, I asked, “Do you even like playing baseball?”
After all, this was the girl who slept in ballet tutus and accessorized every outfit with a pair of pink plastic heels. This was the girl who preferred spas to sports and singing over sweating.
“Nooooo,” she replied with a mopey harrumph. “I don’t want to play baseball. I just want Daddy to chase me, too.”
Suddenly, the laughter rising in my throat morphed into a clumsy lump of tears. My daughter didn’t want to play catch. She wanted to be caught.
Her childlike honesty stirred my soul and tugged me down memory lane …
I remembered sitting in Bible study as a young woman, feeling a bit like my pouty preschooler. I wasn’t watching my daddy play baseball in the yard. I was listening to my friends describe the ways God was pursuing them with His love.
He was speaking to one in visions. And wooing another through prayer. He’d healed someone’s wounds and rescued another from addiction.
I listened with awe, and, like my littlest girl, I wanted my Heavenly Father to chase me, too!
However, when I compared my own story with that of my friends, I began to wonder if He was pursuing me at all.
God wasn’t speaking to me in visions or healing me with a mighty hand. He was wooing me in a quieter way. When I opened my Bible, I was overwhelmed by His tender presence. The Scriptures felt like His whispers of love to my wandering soul.
God was chasing me down with His love, but I couldn’t see it through my muddied lens of comparison.
Then, one night, when I opened my Bible and scribbled a poem in my journal, I saw it clearly for the first time — the Living Word was wooing me through my quirky love for words!
The words of worship that filled my journals, the praises I scribbled on scraps of paper, the Scripture I sang in the dark of night — those weren’t just declarations of my love for God; they were expressions of His affection for me, too. God was chasing me through rhythm and rhyme and tear-stained prayers, through wobbly songs and wistful wonderings.
Suddenly, I was captured by the intimacy of His love and the propensity of His pursuit. And I was ashamed of my own sulky soul.
That night, I asked God to keep my eyes open to the ways He woos my heart. And I vowed to never again compare my love story with anybody else’s.
After all, Psalm 139:1-6 reminds us that God’s love isn’t indiscriminate; it’s intimate.
He doesn’t just enfold our hearts; He explores them.
He doesn’t just know our deeds; He understands our depths.
“O Eternal One, You have explored my heart and know exactly who I am” (Psalm 139:1).
It’s the most amazing feeling to realize how deeply God knows me, inside and out; I truly cannot begin to comprehend it! (Psalm 139:6)
When we pay attention to the unique ways God loves us, we trade comparison for contentedness and exasperation for awe.
The sky beyond the window was growing dark, and my preschooler was growing tired. So I leaned low and helped her to see.
“You know how Daddy runs after you when you’re playing hide and seek? Or how he tries to catch you when you’re playing tag?”
My daughter’s lips upturned into a soft pink smile.
“That’s how he chases you, too,” I whispered.
My girl’s shoulders straightened and her eyes danced with glee. Then, she turned from the window and headed to her bedroom.
“Put on your pajamas,” I urged. “Daddy will come inside soon to kiss you goodnight.”
“Okay,” my littlest girl said as she skipped away. “But first he’ll have to catch me!”
You are Special to God
By: Bill Keller, lpdaily.wordpress.com
October 16, 2011
(Deuteronomy 7:8; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:4,5)
This is a very short and simple word for YOU today, but powerful in its truth! Many days we get so consumed with our lives, that we lose sight of just how special we are. Life is filled with many problems and because of those problems, we sometimes get down and blame ourselves.
Not a day goes by that we don’t fail in some way, and so many people tend to live in self-condemnation. Let me encourage you today that God created you in His own image and made each person uniquely different. No matter what you are going through, what you may have done, God still loves you and in His eyes, YOU ARE SPECIAL!!!
Forgiving others can be very difficult, especially when they have hurt us in some way. However, just as difficult, even more so, is forgiving ourselves! The Bible tell us that we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. There are no perfect people. But our God is ready to forgive us and cleanse us from all our sin, if we will simply confess our sins to Him and repent. My friend, you cannot change what has already been done, but you have total control over what you will do from this point forward.
I pray that this day, you will find freedom in the fact that you are special and God loves you. What may have happened in your life before is behind you. You need to stand on God’s promise that if you are willing to confess those past sins and ask His forgiveness, He will forgive you and give you a fresh slate. If our God is willing to forgive you, then isn’t it time you forgive yourself?
Let today be the first day in your knowledge that you are special. God has a plan and purpose for your life. Go forward to accomplish His plan for your life, knowing that you are His child and He loves you unconditionally.
I love you and care about you so much. No matter what anyone may tell you, YOU ARE SPECIAL. Special to me, but more important, special to God.
HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH!
I don’t care what you are facing today or what the issues may be, take a few moments out of your day and just reflect on the FACT that in God’s eyes . . .
YOU ARE SPECIAL!!!
You Are Special!
Scripture Reading — Psalm 139:13-14
You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
—Psalm 139:13 —
“You are not an accident.” That’s what Rick Warren says in one of his books. He goes on: “Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, he expected it.”
God expected us because he made us! While we were in our mother’s womb, God himself shaped and molded us. The hands of God carefully crafted each of us in his own image.
Our existence is not an accident of nature. You and I are God’s creatures, made in his image, and because of that every human life is sacred.
When the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion on demand 40 years ago today, it ignored the fact that to abort an unborn child is to push away the hands of God and to interfere with the work of his creation. To abort an unborn child is to say “no” to God’s creative design. To abuse or neglect a child created in God’s image, or even to look the other way, is to forget that every human life is sacred.
You and I are special. We are not an accident. God himself made each one of us in his image to fulfill his plan in our lives.
Make sure you try to discover God’s plan for you!