“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he us in mind, and had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love,” (Ephesians 1:4 MSG).
I was in college when I first eyed my husband. He was sitting on the floor at a friend’s Bible study gathering with his back against the wall, dressed in scruffy jeans and a red flannel shirt with the sleeves rolled halfway up his muscular forearms. His thick brown hair and chocolate-brown eyes left me weak in the knees. And the best part was that this handsome hunk of a man had a tattered Bible in his lap. He laughed easily, prayed humbly, and read intently. I was smitten from the first time I laid eyes on Steve.
After a few weeks, he finally asked me out on a date. We continued seeing each other over the next several weeks, but I was still accepting invitations from others as well. One night, Steve asked me to a college football game, and I agreed to go. Then he said, “Can I just ask you? Will you go with me to all of the football games for the rest of the year?”
“I’m not going to answer that question,” I replied. “You’ll just have to ask me each week.”
Looking back on those early days, what I was really saying was that I wanted to be pursued. None of this blanket invitation for the entire Fall business. I wanted to be wooed and won. Even though he had me the moment I saw him sitting on the shag carpet floor, I didn’t want him to know that. I wanted him to show me I was worth putting forth the effort to capture my heart. Isn’t that the desire of every woman’s heart?
And nobody does it better than God.
The entire Bible from Genesis 3 to Revelation 22:21 is a record of God’s passionate pursuit of the human heart. Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, a string of kings, both good and bad, intermingled with prophets wooing and warning God’s people. We end the last chapter of the Old Testament with silence. And then 400 years later, God breaks the holy hush with the cry of a babe in a manger as the story picks back up in Bethlehem.
From God’s first question, “Where are you?” until Jesus’ final words, “It is finished,” we see God drawing mankind with cords of kindness that sometimes appear anything but kind—drawing people back to Himself with ties of love (Hosea 11:4). We’ve wiggled and wrangled trying to break free of those cords, but He continues to lasso us with love and draw us in again.
Passionate pursuit. He’s pulled out all the stops to woo and win your heart.
Be on the lookout today. God is pursuing you. Sending you love notes in the sky. Serenading you in the song of a bird. Salting your thirst to know him more. This email is simply one of the many ways he’s pursuing you today.
Oh, and that Steve Jaynes fellow from college? I married him and today is our 32th wedding anniversary…and I’m still crazy about him!
Jesus, I am almost blushing at the many ways you have pursued me. Love struck, really. Forgive me for not noticing your advances or taking them for granted. My eyes are open to moments of sudden glory today-moments when you make your articulate presence known.
In Your Name I pray, Amen.
What do you Think?
Read through the Song of Solomon. If your Bible has headings, read the parts with the heading Lover. Read them as Jesus pursuing you.
Leave a comment and tell me some ways Jesus has been pursuing you lately.
Today’s blog was taken from my new book, A Sudden Glory: God’s Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More. It will be release in 5 days! Check it out at www.sharonjaynes.com.