I went to a conservative Bible College in the prairies of Alberta, Canada, where the only day we were permitted to romantically pursue a woman was on Valentines Day. And even then, only if the lucky girl had a paper heart on her lapel, which meant to others that she had not been ‘taken’.
So on Valentines morning I walked into the cafeteria and who do you think is there at the door but the woman of my dreams.
Of course, in good Valentine fashion I begin my best romantic wooing. I was expecting a study date resulting from my laborious endeavour, that’s how it played out it my mind as I was crafting my pursuit the night before. But she says, “you’re not supposed to pursue me, I’m not wearing a heart.” I responded quickly, “Darlin you’ve always had my heart.”
Isn’t it so beautiful, almost romantically so, that God always has and will continue to pursue us personally even when we don’t respond to His love & desire for relationship. Or maybe you’re not yet aware that He is pursuing you? And do you know why He is so fervently pursuing you? Because you have His heart! Read his words to you slowly and take them in:
“I can never forget you! I have written your name on the palms of my hands.” Is. 49:16
“I have demonstrated my love for you.” Rom. 5:8
And we, as followers of Jesus who bear the image of Christ, should we not pursue relationships with seekers with the same fervency and patience that God pursued us?