Dolphin-Chasing

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!” “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.”  “But as for you, O man of God, pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” Psalm 119:10; Isaiah 55:6; 1 Timothy 6:11

There are storm-chasers, and ambulance-chasers, and on elementary school playgrounds,  girl-chasers; I am a dolphin-chaser. Atop a paddle board, where early sun strews twinkly jewels like stars across the grey green water, there are few things more thrilling than spotting the graceful finned back of a dolphin (or more), arcing above the surface, and I want to be there. I fix my eyes on where it was— now is again– watching for the telltale sign of its smooth circle exhale-bubble, digging in one stroke after another, keen-eyed for the next sighting to make sure I stay on course. There it is again, sometimes twisty and playful, sometimes flipping and feeding with family, sometimes just gracefully ambling on in its rainbow slices along the shore. My heart speeds up at the thought of being closer, seeing more, hearing it breathe, knowing this mysterious creature better, and I pursue…

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Do I so eagerly chase my Lord? I heard someone say recently, “We need to make ourselves available, and God always shows up.” Yes, and to take that another step, He is already there, and is the One Who entices us by His Spirit to hungrily seek Him and then follow in wonder, to get acquainted with Him and join in what He is doing. Sometimes it is jumpy and uneven and unexpected, other times it is clear and smooth-sailing. I know as I move along the salty surface that teeming life hides underneath, that there is more than meets my eye, and so I know God is always at work even when I cannot see. But at each glimpse, when He shows those glorious hints of His appearing, His redeeming, His stirring, His inspiration, His specific answered prayer, when He places opportunities out beyond my easy reach, does my heart jump to be a part, to get in His flow?

Oh God, keep me steadfastly pursuing You and Your life for me. May I run after Your knowledge, countenance, and character; may I delight to be near You at all times and to move in Your ways.

 

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