We are told that if we seek God with all our heart, God will be found. (Jeremiah 29:13)
This is a beautiful image - the human soul desiring God and seeking God with all that is within us. And God, we are promised, wants to be found, and even promises to be found. A strong motivating force.
But have you ever considered that God, too, is a seeker? That God is seeking after us?
The parables in Luke 15 play this out:
The Shepherd seeking after the lost sheep …
The Woman seeking after the lost coin …
The Father watching and waiting (seeking, even!) for the lost son …
God is seeking us.
Simon Tugwell puts words to this stunning truth:
"So long as we imagine it is we who have to look for God, we must often lose heart. But it is the other way around - He is looking for us."
When I find myself feeling far from God, when I am not a very good seeker, when the "far country" I often live in feels too far, I rest in this heart-stopping truth - the God who is called "the hound of heaven" never, ever stops seeking after me.
God never, ever stops seeking after you.