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“I heard a story once, an incredible story, an amazing story. It told of one who was relentlessly faithful and loves with an unwavering love. It was said that his sorrow was over broken people, it was said that he tirelessly pursues each lost one, never giving up until…until…”
Does your heartbeat quicken when you sense someone behind you while walking alone at night? When you hear sirens behind you on the highway? When the man or woman you’re interested in begins to drop hints that the feeling is mutual? When someone goes out of his or her way to track you down? Generally, the sense of being pursued generates one of two responses in us: fear or excitement.
Often, it inspires both.
Well, I have news for you. I don’t mean to scare you, but you’re being pursued. Maybe you’ve had that sense before. Heard a knock at the door of your heart, or something like a ringing phone you’ve pushed away to the back of your mind. Maybe you’ve been so busy chasing after things yourself that you haven’t bothered to look back and see the one who happens to be seeking you. It’s exciting, but it can also be scary.
The poem The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson is one of the most powerful stories I have ever read. It’s a beautiful depiction of one who pursues his love, and a story of our human condition – selfishness and fear. It’s a beautiful and epic tale of lost and found. Of brokenness and healing.
This is no short clip, but I challenge you to take a break from your work or play, and watch this gorgeous video. And as you listen to the story, reflect on your story. Where are you running? And from what – or whom – might you be running?
Can you relate to the narrator’s worry? “I sensed his devotion to me was great, but I feared its power. I was afraid if I opened my heart, he would rush in and I would be allowed nothing, nothing of my own!”
Hear the message God, that relentless hound of our souls, offers to you:
“’Which of those you fled to loved you?’ I heard him say. And my heart answered, ‘None but you. Only you.’ And then he said to me, ‘You will have no rest, until you rest in me. Come, take my hand, and rise.’”
If you do feel that void in your life, Jesus is offering you the ultimate satisfaction. He wants to give you the free gift of eternal life. All you need to do is open the door. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Rev. 3:20)
The way to do that is simple. You can use the prayer below, or your own words to do the following:
1. Tell God that you are sorry for your sins – the ways you have hurt or ignored Him.
2. Acknowledge that Jesus lived and died to pay the consequences of your selfishness.
3. Rejoice that Jesus rose from the dead to enter eternal life and to offer it to you too!
4. Finally, ask Jesus to take control of your life and to fill the void: allow yourself to be found. Lose nothing, find everything.
Lord Jesus, I am tired of running. I have tried to fill my life with many things. I have hurt others and I have hurt You with my words and actions, and I’m sorry. I believe that You died on the cross to spare me from the consequences I deserve. Thank You for Your sacrifice. I believe that You rose from the dead into eternal life and I want to live it with You: show me the rest I have been longing for. I want you to take control of my life, because I know that only You will fill the emptiness in my heart. Amen.