Catch Me If You Can

“Run, run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me. I’m the gingerbread man

Remember that one? It once may have come from our own mouth,  even as adult-children of God.

Catching a three year old  (my great grandson) in an open field of high grass  may be very complicated. Think of a puppy dog of the same relative age who grabs your sock and then tears out the doggie door. Both Tasha and Eli  ultimately want to be caught. They peek from behind the bushes to see if you are following – just enough for you to catch a glimpse of them; then off again.

In all of us there is a certain puppy-dog joy in “the pursuit”. It ends with that happy “gotcha” embrace that says “I will never let you get away”. We children all need that. I suspect that, while God may not need the exercise, he desires for us, early on, to move in our own direction (perhaps even playfully peek out at Him) allowing that there will always be that tender mutual embrace when we are discovered in the field, and off the path.

We are reinforced by the exercise; that, while there is a display of choices that form  learning experiences for us concerning and revealing  our own nature, in the end it is a fundamental lesson  about  the corresponding nature of  every father’s love.

Catch me if you can? God certainly can at anytime he wants. There is no place secret enough to hide. He reminds us of the fear that comes from straying too far away that we lose ourselves. His glorious smile appears as we turn to Him of our own accord, cautious always that we never lose sight of Him…. and longing for His arms around us.

The ultimate experience, that must eventually come within a growing child, is one where he and God bolt through the “doggie door” of life together, but rather, he then declares to the entire world “you can’t catch us,  we are too fast and too familiar with the territory: Way too joined together to separate. He always knows where Home is.  We are one, and indivisible” (I’m not sure that Eli would use that word, but he does have a couple of big ones).


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I am quite simply a child of our Lord God. What good that I have done or may do, I pray will reflect solely on the presence of The Holy Spirit who speaks for me in all things.
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2 Responses to Catch Me If You Can

  1. “I will never let you get away”
    I like that. It says even more than “I will never leave you”. We know He will never leave us, but if we choose to leave ourselves, we also know that He won’t let us get very far before He draws us back to Himself. I know it is true, because He already does that. If I try to run ahead and tackle a job without Him, He doesn’t let me get very far, before reminding me that I can do nothing without Him.

    We serve an amazing God!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    He caught us by His love – He died for us, to redeem our souls. He rose, and brought life and immortality to light. He ever lives to intercede for us in heaven. He is employed in preparing mansions of rest for us in the skies, and he will come and take us to himself, that we may be with him forever. Such a Saviour ought to be loved, is loved, and will be loved. The strongest attachments which have ever existed on earth have been for this unseen Saviour. There has been a love for him stronger than that for a father, or mother, or wife, or sister, or home, or country. It has been so strong, that thousands have been willing, on account of it, to bear the torture of the rack or the stake. It has been so strong, that thousands of youth of the finest minds, and the most flattering prospects of distinction, have been willing to leave the comforts of a civilized land, and to go among the benighted pagans, to tell them the story of a Saviour’s life and death. It has been so strong, that unnumbered multitudes have longed, more than they have for all other things, that they might see him, and be with him, and abide with him forever and ever. ..Barne’s Notes.

    Praise the Lord….caught and so joined and nothing can separate us from Him!

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