“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16
When I used to think of my relationship with God, it used to feel kind of like a game of hide and seek. I felt like the more I was reading my Bible or, the more I was praying, the closer I was becoming to God. As if I was the seeker in the game of hide and seek.
One day the light bulb went off, I’m not the seeker in the game of hide and seek, I am the person hiding. Often I am not just hiding in one spot either, there are days when I am practically running the other direction away from the Lord.
The moments where I am worshipping something he created instead of him, or I am up to my eyeballs in sin are the moments when I can feel the Lord’s pursuit the most. The Lord does not pursue us half-heartedly or reluctantly. He pursues us enthusiastically and with abandon, the way you pursue something precious and important.
He goes all out in pursuit of our hearts and us having a relationship with him. He uses even the smallest details to remind us of his grace and goodness: rain on a hot afternoon, a yummy dessert, candles on the lake after Closing Vespers. All of these things are evidence of the Lord’s pursuit of our hearts.
He came to earth as a baby, and lived a perfect life and then died on a cross so that he could be reunited with us. The Lord’s pursuit is the same when we are running towards him, or away from him, that’s the beauty of the gospel.
So take a moment and reflect on the Lord’s pursuit of you. Think about the areas in your life where you may be hiding or running away from him and give them to him, leaning into his abundant and extravagant love for you.