Trusting to be Caught

Friday, December 3, 2021

And the word of the LORD is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the LORD.”

(Psalm 33:4-5)

One of my favorite cartoons as a child was Looney Tunes’s Wile E. Coyote & Roadrunner. I loved watching the crazy schemes of Wile E. Coyote as he tried to catch the ever elusive Roadrunner. The capture of that bird was his sole passion; his obsession. It drove his every thought and action. This morning, as I was praying through the Psalms, I questioned what am I chasing in this life? What is my obsession?

Over the past several years, I have noticed a shift in my desires. Instead of the flashiness of celebrity Christendom, a longing for simplicity and genuine fellowship with God has emerged. There was a time that I wanted to be in the spotlight, but now I see the dangers associated with wanting to be something special. I merely want to be a simple follower of Jesus.

What if I placed a Wile E. Coyote type tenacity in pursuing an intimate relationship with God? Where would I be? There is a big difference between the two pursuits. God wants to be “caught.” Our Father is not evading us, but He is chasing after us. He wants to be found by us.

However, there is a big problem within me. I act more like the Roadrunner than the coyote; racing through life, never pausing to fellowship with God. I’m terrified by stopping, sitting down in silence, and soaking in God’s lovingkindness that is displayed all around me. Shouldn’t I be doing something? I get trapped in the mindset of doing instead of being. The Bible declares glimpses of God’s glory abound, but all too often, I pass it by in my busyness. Yet, even in my neglect, God remains faithful, performing His good will for His creation.

Lord, open my eyes that I may see your loving hand in the world around me. Even if it means slowing my pace, God, I want to see your hand at work. I trust You enough to slow down and be “caught” by You.