About 15 years ago, I was serving as a Pastor to Middle School and High School students in the town of Pampa, Texas. The Pastor of the church and I were headed to spend a couple of days with a church plant in British Columbia.
We had flown into Spokane, Washington late at night and were driving the remaining distance into British Columbia.
We were driving on a two lane road, in the middle of nowhere, without a street light in sight. After about an hour of driving, I noticed the headlights of a pick-up truck in the distance.
The truck came within about 50 feet of us and I slowed down and moved to right side of the road to let him pass.
But, when I slowed down, the truck also slowed down
When I went to the right, the truck also went to the right.
So, I sped up.
When I sped up, the truck also sped up.
I started driving 70 miles per hour, the truck went 70 miles per hour.
75 miles per hour.
80 miles per hour.
The truck behind us never flinched.
No flashing lights. No honking of the horn.
The truck just stayed right behind us.
We finally saw a fork in the road.
We decided that we would give the illusion that we were going to go to the left, but would ultimately go to the right.
I put my blinker on indicating that we would be going to the left and at the last second I took the curve to the right.
We watched as the pick-up truck continued to the left and breathed a sigh of relief.
We didn’t know where the road we were on was headed, we just knew that we did not want to encounter the driver of that truck.
For some of us, this is similar to our experience with God.
We may have known or remember a time when we felt like God was pursuing us and we responded by going somewhere else.
There may be various reasons on why we have resisted following God, encountering God, or believing God.
There may be reasons, experiences, or circumstances that have lead us to doubt or disregard that God is who He says that He is and He will do what He says that He will do.
So, at least some of us, have tried to do things our way. We have resolved that we know better and that our way is the better way.
The problem is that doing things our way hasn’t worked out so well. We still experience pain, we still experience an emptiness, and we still seem to be missing something.
This coming Sunday we will be beginning a new teaching series at Park Slope Community Church entitled “The Chase”.
We will be looking at the life of Jonah and how in spite of God’s instructions, Jonah, was determined to do things his way.
But, we will also be looking at the love and grace of a God, who in spite of our running away, in spite of our declaration of independence, and in spite of our selfishness, still pursues and chases after us.
If you have been cynical and skeptical about the love and grace of God, please join us this coming Sunday.
If you have rebelled, run away, and disregarded anything or everything about God, please join us this coming Sunday.
Finally, if you have been chasing after that thing that you thought was going to bring the satisfaction that you have been seeking, and you are tired, drained, and powerless, please join us this coming Sunday as we begin this new series.
I hope to see you on Sunday!