For the last several weeks, I’ve been intently watching (and trying to stay out of the way!) as my sweet man has been getting himself all organized to go on his annual big bow hunting trip, giving him some good quality time in the mountains and the woods. Being the wife of a bow hunter, I’ve learned quite a bit about hunting just through spending time by his side watching the hunting channel, and listening and sharing in the experiences and memories he and my boys have had hunting elk and deer. And as with so much of late, nature has been showing me connections to my own journey. In a quiet time the other day, I was reading (or should I say re-reading!) Psalm 23. I love how in verse 6 it says, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life…
When I looked up the Hebrew for “follow” ~ ‘radaph‘ meaning “to pursue” — in other words, to hunt you down. But it’s not saying that God is out to get me, but He’s pursuing me because HE wants to give to me! HE’s not just leisurely trying to locate me. HE’s got me on his GPS and HE is zoned right in on me. HE’s following me, HE is pursuing me feverishly, with passion. Sounds much like my man —- in our marriage and in his hunting, but most importantly in his seeking God!
So in those times of darkness, the times of not understanding why things happen, why people hurt or hurt me, when I’m feeling overwhelmed, when I’m weak ——- I just have to remember ——-HE is pursuing me because He wants to give me His Grace.
He wants me in the green pastures and to be by the still waters. And He wants to restore me!