PC Alisha Mullett
I vividly recall the first time in my life when God clearly showed that He was pursuing me. At least the first time I clearly recognized His relentless pursuit for the imperfect and struggling me. And I remember how it washed me with an incredible amount of peace and joy, in spite the burning anger and soul-crushing abandonment I had just felt towards God. This pursuit changed me forever.
Yet even today, I’m still keenly aware that I’ve only begun to “scratch the surface” of understanding the depth of God’s love and pursuit for me.
Do you recognize the many ways God pursues you? Are you aware of your Father’s daily, passionate pursuit for your relationship and love?
Contrary to what your impressions about God may be, He is not a strict Father, ready to discipline you with the crack of a whip. God is not distant, unapproachable or condemning. Our misperception about God doesn’t determine who He is.
God’s encompassing love continues to draw us. If we are still and quiet long enough, we can sense the drawing. The whisperings in our heart to come closer to His bosom. Finding rest and refreshment…and healing.
When I slow down enough to experience nature and the beauty of God’s creation, I feel the drawing. The whisper deep within my soul to go deeper still. To spend more time communing and being at rest. Realizing that God wants to talk to me in the same way I talk to Him. God pursues me even when I’m oblivious to the fact that so many of our conversations are one-sided.
The hard look and the rebellious and defiant attitude of one young woman in the prison drew me. I couldn’t relate to her horribly abusive story, but I could relate to her pain. Her questionings about a loving Father. I was able to speak into her life. And she spoke into mine.
I asked why she continues to war between her habitual iniquities and turning back to the Lord. She replied, “Because He doesn’t leave me alone…He keeps drawing me.” And I realized she was more in tune with the Father’s passionate pursuit than I am at times.
Another burly, tattooed inmate recently shared with us how God pursued him while he was running as far and fast as he could. Although he was an evil person bent on destruction, God’s consuming love continued to draw. Finally, his life was drastically changed because of the Father’s pursuit.
In John 12:32, Jesus talks about His gentle drawing for each person. “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” Yet, we often don’t recognize this drawing in our lives, much less become transformed by it.
Do you realize that nothing can distance you from this eternal love from your Abba Father? (“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom. 8:38-39) However, the Great Accuser is constantly working to block us from experiencing this love. Because he knows truth. When we fully absorb God’s love, we are forever changed. When we encounter the Light, the darkness repels us.
When was the last time you saw your Father’s love through a beautiful sunset? Do you realize His promise to you when He sends a rainbow? Does the refreshment of a summer rain speak God’s tender care into your heart? Do you look at an intricately designed flower and marvel at how God uses its beauty to whisper His love deep into your soul?
Not only does God pursue you through beauty and good, but also through the broken, messy, and the ugly. His love for you is constant, regardless of whether you recognize it or not.
Some times God permits the ugly and broken to accomplish the redemption and restoration. Whether you acknowledge it or not, Father God is daily pursuing your heart. He’s speaking. But it’s your choice whether you will listen and let it change you.
The number one agenda of the Enemy is to hinder you from experiencing this agape God. You have two choices. Recognize and respond to this love, or believe the lies and walk away from it.
There are two ways to look at life. We can choose the path and accept the destiny, or we can choose the destiny and accept the path. I am choosing to spend eternity with my loving, pursuing Father. And I’m trusting Him with the path that’s in front of me.
God is pursuing you. Won’t you recognize and respond to it?
-Cindy (For The Mullett Family)