The Practice of Pursuit
I mentioned awkward places yesterday ~ those awkwardly hard spots where you fear the very thing you are desperately pursuing. They are the beautiful foundations of glory stories. Think David hiding in caves pleading for his very life while the character of a king was imprinted in his soul.
“Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
all day long they press their attack.”
My enemy doesn’t carry a spear and a sword, my enemy carries duck tape and seeks to silence my worship. My enemy doesn’t carry a carnal weapon of iron or lead, but of one made of deceitful words and busy distractions.
And I cry out, “Lord, don’t let me fall back into the striving of shame. Let me dance in the freedom of rest, under the gentle shadow of your wing.”
And so like David, I will choose to stay obedient to the little things here and now. This isn’t about achievement or reaching a certain position. This isn’t about a book deal or a speaking engagement, this is about surrendering the whole of me to the fullness of Him. This is about gratefully resting in the very place He is writing a glory story.
“My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help. This I know: God is on my side!
I praise God for what He has promised;
yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
I will fulfull my vows to you, O God,
and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.
For you have rescued me form death; you have kept my feet from slipping.
So now I can walk in your presence, O God, in your life-giving light.”