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Pursue – I heard this word used in a sermon today. Later, I asked Siri for a definition, and she gave me two: following someone or something in order to catch them, and someone who continues or proceeds along a path or route. The second definition carries special significance for anyone who has run competitively. “Pursue” is the type of word that can fuel a manuscript.

The speaker highlighted some stories found in the Bible of individuals who pursued Jesus in spite of the obstacles they faced. “If I could just meet Jesus, then…”

One example highlighted the relentless pursuit of a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years (Mark 5:24-34). She was an outcast, shunned by everyone. The woman refused to be boxed in by her circumstances or give up hope. She fought through the crowd and touched Jesus’ robe. According to Jesus, it was her faith that healed her.

For the blind man, a refusal to be silenced by the crowd for repeatedly shouting out the name of Jesus, got him noticed (Mark 10:46-52). He didn’t let the crowd ridiculing him prevent him from pursuing Jesus. His relentless pursuit was rewarded by being healed.

The world is full of people pursuing something or someone. Will they be disappointed once they find it? Those who relentlessly pursue Jesus will not be disappointed. What is faith but the relentless pursuit of a man named Jesus.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life…” John 14:6


My wife and I are renovating a rundown cottage we purchased three years ago. One of the items that ranked very low on our “to do” list was putting up a weathervane gifted back to us by my in-laws after they enjoyed it for many years. This week I finally got around to putting it up.

By definition, a weathervane is “a revolving pointer to show the direction of the wind” (thanks Siri). People typically mount one on top of a building to get the best results, which invariably draws our attention to it.

The word “wind” in Hebrew is ruach. It can also mean breath or spirit. Ruach holds a special meaning for me as it is incorporated into my surname, Rauschenberger, which I am told has the root meaning of the noise the wind makes on top of a mountain.

Why should we concern ourselves with ruach? In Genesis 1:2, it was the Spirit of God (ruach) who initiated the creation narrative, giving life to our planet. Additionally, God breathed (ruach) into mankind the breath which gives them life (Genesis 2:7; 6:17).

In John 3:8, Jesus uses the illustration of the wind to describe being born of the Spirit (born again). The word for wind and spirit in the Greek language is pneuma. That same spirit, which many of us refer to as the Holy Spirit is referred to as “the comforter” in John 14:16. This life-giving spirit abides with those who are born of the Spirit (born again).

Perhaps ruach, or pneuma, is the reason so many of us are drawn to weathervanes. They help us see evidence of the wind. Wind and spirit remind us of who we are and the eternity that awaits those who call on the name Jesus.

Right Place, Right Time

Here you thought you were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But Jesus put you in the right place at just the right time! Lean on Him for understanding.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

God is Enough

When I am tempted to yield to doubt during troubled times, I have to remind myself that God is enough. The moment I believe God is not enough, I need to ask myself, what is my “plan B.” God’s got me covered!

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)