As we wrap up our discussion of A.W. Tozer’s “The Pursuit of God,” I feel like it’s only appropriate to write about pursuing God. The problem is that I haven’t got nearly as much experience pursuing God as I do pursuing everything else – my dreams, my agendas, my feelings, people I idolize, expectations of other people that I’m afraid to disappoint. I’ve told this story before, but as I think about and talk about pursuing God, it’s the example that comes to my mind.

When I was a kid, I was scared of falling. I lived in a neighborhood full of boys. They would run and jump, but I could never keep up. And often, they would jump ditches or streams that I was terrified to attempt to cross. Occasionally, they would take the time to turn around and try to talk me into crossing, but usually, they would just give up on me and walk away. I’d be left alone, facing my fear and eventually, turning away in shame.

And then, there was Tony. One night, while we were out playing in the woods near our neighborhood, it came time to go home, but on the way, we came to a deep, wide ditch, full of muddy water. I knew it was too wide for me to jump across. Tony, with his long legs and athletic disposition, hopped across easily. I stood several steps behind him, watching. He tried to talk me into jumping, but I was too terrified. I just knew he would leave me behind, but instead, he came back across to my side, grasped my hand, and took off running, and dragging me into the air. We made it to the other side and I tramped home wearing my splashes of mud as badges of honor.

I’m a thirty-four year old woman who is still wandering the forest, covered with mud. I’m prone to lose my focus on the trail and wander into brier patches. I often attempt to hop ditches that I wasn’t meant to hop and I end up on my knees, spitting mud. But every single time that I reach out to God, He reaches back, takes my hand, and helps me back onto His trail and walks next to me as I pursue Him.

This was the final post of our discussion about A.W. Tozer’s classic “The Pursuit of God.” If you’ve written a response to this chapter, please visit my friend and co-facilitator, Jason Stasyszen, at Connecting to Impact, to post it at the widget. Thanks for joining us!

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  1. What a great illustration of our own pursuit of God- when we reach those pits that seem too large to jump, He is there to hold our hand as we leap across. So encouraging, thank you. And thank you too, for hosting this discussion. It’s been encouraging, challenging, and faith-building.

  2. I’m so glad He does. So many will leave us or give up on us, but He’s more than willing to reach out His hand and pull us into a great adventure. Thanks so much, Sarah. We’ve another great series of discussions!

  3. Always beautiful words from you, Sarah. One of these days, I am going to read one of your books, so I can actually participate in these discussions! 😉

  4. Sarah Salter says:

    Frank, thank YOU for participating! It’s been very interesting and though-provoking. 🙂

  5. Sarah Salter says:

    We’re done with another one, Jason! Can you believe it? 🙂

  6. Sarah Salter says:

    Joell, LOL! We don’t know what we’re doing next. If you’ve got ideas, let’s hear ’em! 🙂

  7. Well, girl, I have been trying to finish reading Les Miserables since sometime in August, I think, and am reading the Lord of the Rings Trilogy with Jacob for school. It is hard for me to think about any other book titles at the moment! LOL!

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