He Followed Me Home

April 1, 2008 at 1:33 pm 1 comment

Today I have been watching some snippets of Space Galactica or something on FX, a station whose Sci-Fi is usually too much for me.  I don’t get most of the overall story line yet, but the depth of the characters intrigues me.  It reminds me of the Star Trek series in some ways.  The characters have depth, even though the fiction is thick. 

I’ve also been watching snippets of “Crossing Jordan”.  I don’t usually like those kinds of shows about death and morgues, but that one catches my attention.  Again, character depth.  It’s probably past syndication by now, but I like it.  The humor isn’t crude, the pace doesn’t make my brain spin like ER, and the people’s problems and issues are believable.  It’s a well-paced show.  I leave with something when I watch it.  Sometimes, shows seem to leave me feeling they’ve taken something from me.  Those shows give back in some way. 

I rested today.  I’ve been sick and under the weather the last few days.  Thus, some random TV surfing is in order.  I didn’t have as much as a cold all winter, so I can’t complain.  Just trying to recover BEFORE Thursday when I have to drive a lot (for me), early in the AM, and after a long day.  Prayers appreciated on Thursday. Field trip, probably my last, with Boy Wonder.  (Why am I not the passenger on these trips?)  When I’m the best driver they can find to drive other moms and grandmas…well, you know we are in for a day. 

God seemed to keep refreshing me deep inside today. Psalm 23 came to mind: “surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.” The verse even came up a second time on Crossing Jordan.  I have felt so full lately in some ways with Spring coming that I didn’t even realize I needed something.  But, God did.  It is so great when people come to know you deeper than words and can express care.  An amazing thing.     

All of this reminded me of a story, it you want to humor me with a moment:

383_king_and_brant_str.jpgWhen I was about 15, my Dad came at 11:45 on a Saturday night to pick me up from my job at the skating rink.  Long hours.  It was about a 15 minute drive to town to get me.  We cleaned for about 45 minutes after we closed.  As we neared within a couple miles of home, he slowed the car, turned off the headlights and said, “I’m about to embarrass myself because I want to peel off here.  Don’t turn around and look, but a [such and such] car has been following us.  Are you expecting anyone to want to know where you live, or should I lose him?  You tell me what I should do.” 

I had to think for a few minutes and smiled.  A certain someone wanted to know where I lived.  I didn’t know if I was interested in him yet in particular, or to that extent, but it was cute that he wanted to be prepared.  I said, “Oh.  I’m pretty sure I know who it is.  It’s okay.” 

He said, “Well, this road deadends, so if he thinks he can just drive by, he’s going to be surprised.” 

I said, “Dad, what are you going to do.”

He just left his lights off and climbed the driveway peacably as I recall, saying, “Go on in the house.”

You know…God is tracking you down like that.  Following you.  Checking out where you live.  Getting the scoop on you.  Oh yes, he already knows.  But, can you picture it?  ”surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life”. 

We think of Murphy’s Law, and sometimes experience it to the hilt.  But, God’s goodness and mercy… stalking us?  It makes me shake my head and laugh out loud! 

He wants us to know Him that much, to reveal Himself to us in goodness and mercy and rest.  He’s preparing to bless us all the time.  He’s “on the ready”.   

Yesterday, my kids got in the back of the van and SAT ON TOP OF a very important calligraphy project I’d spent a lot of time on.  To redeem the work, I had one night, and one custom-cut paper left.  With a cold, and upset about it, I was certainly not feeling my creative best.  Yet, it same together even better than the last product.  He was there.

Today, He initiated love for a rather tired me.  Great snacks. Friends blessing in little ways.

The lawyer-judge of all time is seeking the beneficiery of His estate.  He won’t stop each day until He finds the recipient demanded by law.  You.  Me.  Endowed.

He’s great at tracking unsuspecting people down.  I know, because He found me today. 

Unsuspecting, undeserving, but blessed and thankful.

str.jpgHis love keeps coming:  a stream, tricklin down rocky mountain paths, unstoppable. 

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me, all the days of my life…”  (Psalm 23)


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  • 1. awomansdevotion  |  April 4, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Thought about you yesterday and sent prayers your way. Hope the field trip went well.

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