About a year ago I had this epiphany: God has pursued me from the very beginning.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
There is no reason why I should be sitting here right now typing those very words about a hope and a future in Christ. Except for the fact that
About the time I realized this I was reading the story of Rahab.
There was nothing in her life that marked her as someone that God would pursue after…
she was a prostitute
not only that, she was especially picked out by the King to be his prostitute
She had heard the same stories of the Israelites and their victories as the rest of her people had. But, even then, God was pursuing her. She actually heard those stories and something in her moved. So when the Israelite spies came in through the gate she took them in and hid them. She did something totally irrational: against her family, against her government, but flowing with that great Moving in her heart. And she became the first.
I really have no concept of where my ancestors were in their beliefs. I know they went to church and that is about it. My grandparents died when I was too young to even have a concept of what it meant to be pursued by God. But, the story of Rahab is my story. I am the first. God has pursued me from a very young age. He is just beginning to reveal to me the places where He was moving and flowing from the beginning. I have continued to do something irrational by flowing with that great Moving in my heart. It has led me to strange decisions, strange places and strange choices. But it has led me closer and closer to Him.
And for that I am grateful.
Do you feel that great Moving in your heart?