Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Persistent Pursuer

Growing up I had the opportunity to read the classic book, "Where the Red Fern Grows." Since I had a dog of my own, I knew what it was to be "in-love" with a four-legged creature. The main character (Billy) wanted to buy some hound downs to hunt raccoons. After working all summer, he had saved enough to buy 2 hound dogs that became the best companions a boy could ever want.

As I was drawn into this world that Wilson Rawls created, I remember reading that once a hound dog picks up the trail, they are capable of literally running themselves to death, in a pursuit of the hunt.

There was one raccoon that eluded the best of all the hound dogs in the Ozarks. Billy and his dogs were challenge through a bet with two neighborhood rascals, that they wouldn't be able to track the raccoon either. Although the 'coon' gave them the slip around the mill, they pursued and found a way until they flushed it from its hiding place. It was a true TRIUMPH for Billy and his hound dogs.

Jeremiah 14:14b reveals God's similar pursuit of us. God "...devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him." He is constantly using the circumstances of life, to draw our straying attention back to Him. His great love, causes Him to "devise ways to bring us back."

Instead of looking at the difficulties of life as challenges, and obstacles... perhaps God has devised yet another way to draw you back to Himself. Don't resist! It is His great love for you that is drawing you back. God is the Persistent Pursuer!