The Chase

    Last night as I was falling asleep, a profound thought process began to form in my mind that caused me to sit up and pay attention. Have you ever wanted something so desperately that you did everything in your power to obtain it? When you got it, did you quickly lose interest and move on to the next thing? Yes, me too. In life, we engage in are many pursuits, avenues of enjoyment and knowledge. We are bombarded with opportunities and choices. Something piques our interest and we dive in.

It’s true that in so many things, the hunt, the seeking, turns out to be more exciting than the capture. Once victory is achieved, one quickly loses interest and moves on to something shiny and new. I used to collect jewelry. I loved shiny, blingy rings. I would save and finally purchase what excited my eyes. Soon thereafter, I found myself saving for the next shiny, blingy thing that caught my eye at the jewelry store.

There is only one thing I have ever found that continues to be exhilarating from chase to capture and that is Jesus. To know Him, to really know and understand the depths of His love and wisdom, is breathtaking. The pursuit never ends because there is no end to Him. When I discover a facet of Him or obtain understanding of His way, the victory is overwhelmingly glorious. The joy is unspeakable. Yet, unbelievably, there is more to find! To pursue Jesus again and again is so satisfying, so fulfilling and so joyful, that I am compelled to press on. I am desperate to know Him and the riches of His glory, the unfailing love, the glory of His presence. It is remarkable. For this, the longing for more, is unquenchable in a most pleasant way. I feel a burst of longing and yet satisfaction at the same time. Peace and fire both ignite my heart at the same moment. How can this be? There is only one way, the way of truth and love and life; Jesus. The pursuit of Jesus is both completely satisfying and yet hunger stirring. To study Jesus creates within us a beautiful invitation to find more treasure in Him. It ignites us to know Him, to understand His words, and to love Him increasingly and deeply. This chase is a lifelong, never-ending quest that never gets old, never is a chore, and is always satisfying. Go for it! Jump into this divine thirst that dwells within you! Take one step and see it grow! Blessings.

2 thoughts on “The Chase

  1. Great things to consider here. I have chased to obtain and then chased again. That bottomless bucket can never be filled. But there are some things that I have pursued, that once I tasted and saw, I have always kept near and dear to my heart. Even through many distractions and life events. With Jesus, I chased and he was there. Then I would turn away and chase after other things. And every time I turned back to Him….there He was. Hardly any chasing. Once I finally became a disciple and committed myself to follow Him, then all the other chasing stopped and I could remain focused on having a deeper and deeper relationship with Him! After all, that is what He designed us to do! We are meant to have deep and lasting relationships. What a treasure they are! No more chasing, but we can continue to grow in understanding, like you said. And you nailed it when you said, “How can this be? There is only one way, the way of truth and love and life; Jesus.” When He teaches us how to have a relationship with Him, then (finally!) we become prepared to have relationship with one another that is deep and satisfying, and holy. Yes, “Start now!”

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