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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

enjoy the chase

when i was a young girl, i remember that we used to play tag, or chase as we called it, at recess. it was usually boys against girls, of course, with equal number of each of us. the boys would chase the girls until they caught one of us and put us in jail. as each one of us was caught, there were more boys to gang up on the girls that were left which made it harder to get away. finally, when all the girls were caught and put in jail, they would let us all out, to then, chase them. i remember it being so much fun, giggling and laughing the whole time. but, really i loved being chased more than chasing. i liked the idea that someone was wanting to capture me, even though it was my duty to try to get away because that was the way that you played the game, i kind of liked it when i got caught. isn't that funny to think i pretended like i didn't want to get caught and i ran like i didn't want to get caught but i loved the chase and loved it when i did get caught.

then, when i became a teenager, the game was still the same but i wasn't quite so obvious about the running to get away part. when i knew a boy liked me, i would enjoy his attention and be nice to him. but, i would always keep him at an arm's length away. then, when i decided that i liked one of them enough, i would let him
catch me. it always seemed that the chase was so much more fun than being caught because once I had a boyfriend, or was caught, the chase wasn't there anymore.

i think that we all love being chased or pursued. it meets a need inside of us that desires to be wanted. it makes us feel good to know that someone sees something in us that makes them want to go out of their way to seek us out, to be close to us, or get to know us more. even today, i find myself still enjoying being pursued by my husband, my children, and my friends. when they call me up and want to go to lunch, or want to go to the movies together, or just out for coffee, it makes me have that same feeling inside of enjoying the chase of someone who thinks i might be a little bit interesting or fun to be with.

then there are those times that seem like they are not so fun, like everyone has caught me already and they are on to the next person who is more interesting than me. it is during those times of feeling kind of left out and lonely that i turn my heart to God and realize that there is still Someone who wants me and is pursuing me continuously, no matter if i reject Him over and over again, He still continues to seek me out and chase me down. That Someone is my heavenly Father who chases me with a detemination to capture me and yet even in the capture of a portion of me, still
continues to pursue me until He has all of me. Ezekiel 34:11 states, "For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I Myself, will search for My sheep and will seek them out."
God, Himself, is seeking me out and chasing me because He thinks that i am worth the chase. when i think about that, the giggles and the laughter come strongly in my heart. it makes me enjoy Him more because i know that He sees me as worthy of the chase. and, as i recognize His pursuit, i recognize how much He loves me and His devotion to me no matter what. even when i look for the thrill of the chase in someone besides Him, He never gets discouraged and never quits. each time i recognize the thrill in me at knowing that God Himself is chasing me, my desire and need to look for a pursuer in someone else lessens and i just want to relish in His love and enjoy the chase.

7 comments:

Kim said...

You are a powerful beautiful woman!! Thank you so much for this, it was like reading a script of my heart....the joy of being chased....the knowing that Jesus won't stop chasin even when He catches me cuz He just wants me closer and closer....woooohoooo....thank you for this!!

Lynn said...

thanks Christy for sharing your heart, it helps me be reminded over and over again the love God has for me and even when my husband doesn't pursue because he already won me, God does.

HappyascanB said...

This is beautiful! I needed this sooo much. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog so I could visit yours!!!

Alleluiabelle said...

Hi Christy,

I wanted to stop by and introduce myself and say hello. Thank you for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. After reading this post, which I enjoyed so much, I have become a follower of yours as well. Isn't it wonderful to meet great women who love the Lord?

Your family is beautiful. I love the pictures.

I'll be back to visit again.

Blessings,
Alleluiabelle

Alleluiabelle said...

Hi Christy,

If you get a chance, I would love to have you sign my guestbook.

Blessings,
Alleluiabelle

Daddy said...

When the chase is won and I have won the prize is when the journey truly begins. I think back to our pursuit of each other 20 years ago and it makes me remember what I was chasing. I saw in you the things I wanted my life to be about. The way you see people and accept them where they are. I had never and have never met anybody with your abiltity to do that. I thank you for that. It has been an incredible 18 year journey and I am so glad that I get to spend eternity with you. I have won the most incredible prize I could ever expect to win. You are the most wonderful woman I have ever met. The chase may be over, but the best part is just beginning, the journey. I want every day to be another opportunity for me to share with you what an awsome prize you are. I Love You my beautiful Wife, my Precious prize. P.S Happy Mothers Day!!!!

christy rose said...

Wow! What a sweet surprise to have you, my sweet husband comment on this today. And, as I read what you sweetly wrote, the tears would not stop rolling down my face. I love you and thank God every day for giving you to me. Our journey has been an unforgetable one and the thought of continuing on with you is more exciting today than when we first started on it some twenty years ago. I love you my sweet, handsome husband!!!!