Once upon a time, a young woman found herself torn between two loves. She felt hopeless. One love was pursuing her day after day, calling her, loving her, and promising never to leave her. Though she knew this love ran deep, that it was unwavering, and the only love she needed, she still found herself chasing the other one. The love that pursued her, she could not always hear. The love that pursued her she could not feel. The love that pursued her did not always agree with her heart's desires, or her timing, or her plan for her life. Yet this love, He listened. He did not agree with her desires because His desires were far better for her. His timing and plans for her life were much greater than that she could have ever imagined. This love knew that the other love she was pursuing wasn't true. He waited patiently for her. He did not want her to settle for anything less than she deserved. Though it broke His heart each time she turned away from Him, each time she ran from Him, her worth was so valuable that He continued in pursuit. He knew that in time, she would fall so hard that she would stop running, and He would be the only one there to catch her.
How often do you find yourself pursuing something, only to find out it wasn't what He wanted for you? Who is this He I refer to, this love that pursued this young woman? It was her Heavenly Father, her groom, her creator. He knew more about her than she knew about herself. He knows more about you than you know yourself. In this world, we are constantly chasing. Sometimes it's people we chase, sometimes it's a career, or a degree, or an appearance. We have such a need to feel complete. We are stuck in this flesh that says, "If you (______), it will make you happy." We settle for less so often because we can't imagine there is anything better. I have a tendency to think, "I am so unworthy; I don't deserve anything better." Readers, please don't believe this lie. Though we are unworthy, we are living up under grace that our Heavenly Father so lovingly pours out over His children daily that we might be forgiven and blessed beyond belief. No greater love exists. He is there to catch us every time we fall. He is pursuing us daily. What will it take for you to stop running? When will you stop trying to turn your flesh desires into His desires? How long will you go until you surrender your ways and accept His desires for your life?
Every time I have surrendered to our Father, He has blessed me more than I could ever have asked for. He has given me a loving family, genuine friends, a Godly husband, and a beautiful baby boy. I am overcome with humility any time I am reminded of the goodness our Heavenly Father has brought to my life. I pray each and every one of you never settle... but that you seek The Lord with all your heart, mind and soul that He may so bless you as He has greatly blessed me.
"You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."
"For great is His steadfast love for us, and the truth of The Lord is everlasting. Praise The Lord!"
"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit."