God’s been doing that with me this week.
I just finished this book, and it’s about celebrating and being thankful in every moment. Keeping my heart open to wonder. Keeping a heart of wonder, a childlike heart, a heart of gratitude. This taps into God’s heart more than anything else, because my heart is open to hear and respond.
I just read that in Psalm 23:6 (“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life”), the word here for “follow” is radaph, which actually means to pursue, to run after, to chase, or hunt down. God’s goodness and mercy is intentionally pursuing me all the days of my life.
Can I even really comprehend that?
Your love, Your goodness, Your mercy actively pursues me all the days of my life. How could I ever doubt Your heart for me?
Last night I drove 100 miles to go to an adoption fundraiser basketball game for two of my friends. I actually hadn’t seen them since we’d graduated college together, but I have followed their story over the years of the adoption of their first son, and now hopefully a second son, who will be born in less than a week.
I love being a part of people’s adoption stories. It keeps my heart open for what I know God eventually wants me to do in my future family. And when I really think about and grasp the miracle of God’s adoption of us as His children, that fills me with wonder, too.
Just think about it: God wanted us so much to no longer be orphans, to no longer be alone and purposeless in this world. So He actively pursued us. He came down and paid all of the legal fees that were owed, and said, “I want that child as My kid.”
That just makes me so grateful…