God’s Not A Quitter

Stealing Bikes Isn’t As Easy As It Looks

When the bike thief entered one woman’s garage and exited with her husband’s bike, she was ready. Just about to go out to exercise, she already had her running gear on so all she had to do was drop the last-minute laundry she was folding and bolt outside.

She told him to stop. He didn’t. She started following him. The man pleaded with her not to follow. She continued after him, yelling to her neighbors to call 911. And after a mile he found he was no match for her relentless pursuit. He might even have been relieved to see the police pull up after that ordeal.

Even while running closely behind the thief, Tatterson, who just completed her masters in Pastoral counseling, was trying to reason with the man.

“I was trying to get him to talk to me, and he wasn’t wanting to talk about his feelings,” she said.

As one of the women commenting on that article said, “Nothing more scary to a man than a woman running after him yelling, ‘We need to talk about your feelings!'”

Chased Down By God

There are a pair of verses that tell us a lot about God’s pursuit of his people.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:6.)

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10.)

We’re lost, and Jesus seeks us out. His pursuit lasts our whole lives long, and he wants us to dwell with him. Because of his goodness and love, we are found and favored with his blessings forever.

None of us can outrun God, and every single person that God pursues is caught.

All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. (John 6:37-39.)

God does not give up on pursuing his people. Aren’t you glad God’s not a quitter?

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13 Responses to God’s Not A Quitter

  1. I am so glad! Even though we steal God’s bike (and do even worse things), He still loves us and still cares enough to pursue us. Great post Tim.

  2. Bronwyn Lea says:

    That story is hilarious!!! And yes, I am so thankful for the Hound of Heaven.

    • Tim says:

      Thanks Bronwyn. I actually read that poem when writing this piece, but decided I couldn’t find a good way to work it in.

  3. Jeannie says:

    Strangely, I don’t think I’ve ever really thought deeply about the word “follow” in Psalm 23:6. Such a wonderful picture of God’s persistent grace. And the thief story is great!

    • Tim says:

      I figure David chose the word “follow” for a reason. Perhaps pursuit is one of the possibilities. I also see it could be as a type of rear-guard, or something attached like a shadow. But when he wrote that not only God’s goodness but also God’s mercy follows him, it makes me think more of pursuit.

  4. Aimee Byrd says:

    This reminds me of a thought I was having about that reality show, Intervention. That is exactly what we need–a complete interruption from our addiction to sin. But in God’s intervention, he has already done the work for our renewal. And when he changes our hearts and opens our eyes, we see his beautiful grace.

  5. Judy says:

    The sign of a good blog post: an engaging story that makes me smile and an application that makes me think. I’m inspired by this woman’s perseverance, and I’m very thankful for God’s patient presence with me while I was simply not paying attention. He can outrun anyone!

  6. What an interesting picture to imagine a woman going after the man who took the bike. A the same time though, I don’t believe what she did was Biblical. She should have given him the bike and more as Jesus taught, but he did need help, and so that was great how she tried to reason with him even after he ditched the bike. That makes me think of how “if a man walks one mile, walk two with him,” as Jesus taught. I hope he finds some help and won’t repeat theft in the future. As always, I adored this analogy!! Well done.

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