About three weeks ago today (Sunday), I was thinking (finally, Brian was thinking), and for whatever reason, I was thinking about the Love of God and his relentless pursuit of us! I am sure some of these thoughts were coming to mind because of Crazy Love, the book I wrote about a few weeks ago. So anyway, back to God’s love and my thoughts…
For the first 8-10 weeks of the 2009 calendar year I had been speaking for Kentridge Young Life. But for the previous 5-6 it had been Rob, the main guy over the entire area. I normally wouldn’t do this, but I texted Rob on Monday and asked him if he needed a week off and let him know that I had a talk ready to go if he was open! He was game…
So, strike up the band, we had a guest star appear at KR Young Life! Welcome William Aaby!
The gist of the talk was how God loves us enough to give us freedom of choice (aka “free will”), while at the same time He relentlessly pursues us. Will became a living illustration. A few minutes into my talk I sat him down, he desired to crawl and choose his own direction (he’s getting into this whole independence thing). The floor of the gymnasium was very slick, and he kept slipping and got very confused as to why he wasn’t making progress. Amidst the “oohs and aahs” of the high school students, he began to well-up and though many a teen age girl would have loved to have helped, he wanted only his Daddy’s help.
Hmmm, sounds a lot like us?… May we be quick to walk the path the Father has set out for us. May we be mindful of His pursuit of us and make choices (free will) that are consistent with what He’d desire. And last, may we rest in His arms of grace knowing He loves us not because of what we do, but simply because we are His!