When I was a little girl my uncle and I would take long motorcycle rides through the mountains. I would sit in front of him protected by his strong arms as we rode on the snakelike country roads of Tennessee. Some days we would drive to the top of the mountain where he once owned a home. Others we would drive along the old lake bed and come out by the church. If we were lucky as we rode along the base of the mountain the hang gliders would be soaring off the point and eventually land in the field across from us. My favorite time to ride was in Autumn when the leaves were all shades of colors and the wind was brisk. These were leisure days that made for fabulous memories.
I absolutely loved our rides and I always begged him to go again and again. Every time I saw him the first thing I would ask was if we could go on a motorcycle ride. I asked and asked and asked until He finally said yes. Then we would get out the old bike and spend what seemed like an eternity trying to kick start it. But once it finally began to sputter we were off on our adventure.
It’s been a long time since I’ve ridden a motorcycle, but it hasn’t been that long since I’ve wanted something enough to pursue it. There are days when I want a coffee and will make a special trip to buy one. There are other days when I want to sleep and I can’t get back to bed fast enough. It’s like no matter what, I am focused on that “thing”. It may be food, or beverage, or a vacation. Just last week I was sick enough to pursue Hermana Candy so that she would give me a shot.
Pursue…..it’s a word that describes action. When you pursue something, you don’t just sit back and wait for it to happen. You actively go for it. You try to make it happen. It’s something you want badly enough to seek it. And that is how God wants us to be about somethings in our lives. He wants us to pursue them.
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Psalm 34:14 (ESV)
What are you pursuing?