We all have those moments when we know that something we just realized should have been more obvious in the past! I call this reading through a dimly lit life. Sometimes that dim light is a lack of experience, sometimes we are just not ready for the lights to be turned on all the way… and other times we refuse the light to be anything but dim!
Let me tell you about one of my recent dim lit moments!
One Community Church is going through a sermon series called Story. We are walking through the biblical narrative from Genesis to The Church on Sundays, and then we go further into the story of God our Life Groups… then and we are reading through the stories during the week in our church bible reading plan here.
I’ve never sat on these stories for 1-2 weeks at a time. In school your zipping through large chunks of the OT in single sittings. And like many people who read through the OT I tend to struggle getting into them because I struggled with finding how they relate to my life.
So dwelling on the story of creation, separation, the flood, cain and able, Noah, or God’s covenant with Abraham for more than a week has been eye-opening! I think this is the consensus for many engaged in this process. While many have felt like they already knew the stories, most everyone has been surprised by what they are getting out of it this time around.
We engage the stories during the week and ask God what he is speaking to us through that particular story and what we are going to do about it! Finding ourselves in God’s grand story has produced some very cool stories.
For me… I’ve been overwhelmed with the thread of God’s overwhelming love, patience, provision, and pursuit of His creation. Every story shows how God is loving and patient… I’ve never considered God patient in light of sending a flood to destroy most everyone on the earth, but It’s there!
I’ve never seen the pursuit of God at every turn and in every story like I have the past 6 weeks. From God walking into the garden calling out to Adam and Eve while they hid from God to the patience and pursuit God has for Abraham entering into a covenant to bless the nations through one family! Abraham screws up, questions God, gets ahead of God with Hagar and Ishmael… and yet God still pursues Abraham and blesses with the promise of a son!
How did I forget about God’s pursuit of Tony Simoncini?
How did I let that part of my story fade away?
This Is Amazing Grace! What other king leaves His thrown in pursuit of His creation and reconciliation with them even in their rebellion? What an amazing king He is!
It reminds me of a song Darrell Evans sang often in his worship concerts. It was called Nothing Else Matters and it went like this…
Here He Comes – Leaping Over The Mountains
Here He Comes – Bounding over the hills
With a passion, You pursue Me
With a longing heart I will seek You
With your presence, You satisfy me
Your love is better than life
Nothing else matters than being here with you
Nothing else compares to this world I’ve danced into
All the other noises simply fade away
I can only here your voice as I dance with you in fields of grace
May we all understand that God is in pursuit of us… no matter where we have been, no matter where we are right now, and no matter where are going. He is pursuing you and me! What would happen if we simply turned around, and took a few steps toward him?
What would happen is we pursued Him, like he pursues us!