Drawn from my archives
As I was driving by Starbucks, I saw the cutest thing ever: a man with a little girl in a fluffy pink coat sitting on top his shoulders. I stopped the car to let them pass by, and just as I did, I caught a glimpse of her smile. Perhaps it’s not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, but I’ve always had a soft spot when it comes to pink coats and piggy-back rides.
It brought me back to the days when my boys were still small enough to hoist up in the air. During worship time either Michael or my oldest son Brendan would throw Nathaniel up onto their shoulders so that he could see the worship team and clap along with them. Sometimes Nathaniel and Graham would both be up there praising the Lord.
Looking to scripture I’m reminded of Zacheus, a wee little man who climbed a sycamore tree so that he could see Jesus.
He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” (Luke 19:3-5, NIV)
What I love about Zacheus, and always have, is that he wasn’t willing to let Jesus walk by without making an effort to see him. Not just a glance from the crowd, not just a peek, but the best view he could find.
What about me? I have a choice. I can either let Jesus walk by, with the occasional glance at my Bible, or I can do what it takes to pursue Him with all of my might. I choose to pursue.
Pursuit takes both effort and purpose. It’s seeking the will of the Lord in lieu of my own. It’s climbing every branch of the tree to see Jesus.
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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