Thanksgiving Day throughout the years has always been filled with mouth-watering food, savory smells, and classical music playing in the background. Maybe at your house . . . but not mine. I grew up with two older brothers, a sports-obsessed dad, four male cousins, and two sporty uncles. Believe me, there was no music playing on Turkey Day. No, our soundtrack every Thanksgiving was filled with referee whistles blowing, first-down announcements, and the cheers of crazed fans. Yep, at our house Thanksgiving was synonymous with football.
So what does football have to do with a middle-aged woman’s Christian blog? I’m glad you asked. Flashback with me . . .
Several years ago I was almost asleep and quietly whispered a prayer: “Now God, I really want to start my day in prayer and in the Bible, so if you really want this for me then please wake me up before my alarm goes off so that I have enough time to spend with You before I get the kids ready for school.” I know. Run-on sentence. But that’s how I talk to Him.
I quietly heard Him speak these two words to my heart: Offensive Obedience. As I mulled these two words around, it became apparent to me that if I really wanted to know Him more, to really go deeper with Him, then I was going to have to make some moves toward Him. Some actual planning and pursuit was needed from me. For those of you who are familiar with football, you know that the team that is on offense is the one with the ball, making the plays and scoring points. The offensive team is making the plans and carrying out the actions.
I often see and hear people who seem to know God on a more intimate level than I do. They make me want to know Him more deeply. I am realizing that the more I pursue Him—by actually pre-planning the pursuit—the more I get to know Him.
Hosea 6:3 tell us:
Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know Him. He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
I think I’ll set my alarm early tomorrow.