9/08/2003

2 kings 2:2

"Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here; the LORD has sent me to Bethel." But Elisha said, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel." Last week, as well as this week, I have been training someone at my work for my position. No I am not leaving yet, but my boss wants more than one person to know my position, pretty smart since I really want another job soon...but we'll see. So today I was getting really frustrated with him, not really him but the fact that he followed me no matter where I went. (In fact last week he followed me half way to the bathroom before I convinced him I could "do it" alone.) So I am walking down to the techs and here he is, by my side. I just don't want him there...I am getting really tired of being followed around. I mean really....do something on your own. Then I thought, hey....I wonder if this is how the "great man of God" Elijah felt...This past weekend I was reminded, again that my calling is that like Elijah's....to reconcile the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers. So anyways I think to myself, Elijah seemed to get kinda tired of being followed everywhere, he wasn't used to been annoyed by someone try to catch onto what he was doing. Frustrated, "Hey Elisha, I am going over to Bethal...you stay here"..."Um actually I am going with you."...."Hey Elisha I am going to Jericho..you STAY here."..."No I'm coming with you"..."HEY ELISHA, I AM LEAVING TO JORDON...YOU STAY HERE !"..."Not on your life! I'm not letting you out of my sight"    The word "pursuit" is something that God has burned into my soul...something I am told He does...and I need to do. The word in the greek is actually radaph and it means to chase after, even to be an annoyance in coming after someone. In fact the word is also used in the way of persecution....ouch. So this guy that I am getting tired of is teaching me a lesson. I want to be like this to God. I want to chase, follow and become an annoyance, as if you really could, to get close to Him. I want to my life to be one in which I say to Jesus, "Not on your life! I'm not letting you out of my sight." So even in my frustration of being chased by this guy...I love his perseverance, I love his heart. In fact I hope that as I radaph Jesus, those that follow me would be closer to him, could there be anything more that a student of Christ could want ?