Stalking God

An outdoorsman wanting to see wildlife becomes a stalker – very still and silent. Blending into his natural

Sentinel Deer

environment, he desires to make himself a forgotten presence, no longer noticed by the life surrounding him, so that he can see beyond himself. Likewise the seeker of God must make still his own movement and silence his own voice so that he can see beyond himself, so that God may be seen and heard.

What the outdoorsman seeks to see hides diffused into the backdrop its natural surroundings. Only to its own benefit will it be seen and then only where it positions itself to control any unfolding natural drama.

On today’s hike I took time to think like the stalker. A rainy day gave me an edge, if I could train my vision to see what appeared not to be there. Coming out of a prairie trail into a wood’s edge, the muzzle of a deer materialized out of the leaf litter on the slope staring down on me. Stopping to focus, the drab landscape managed to diffuse not one but eight deer sitting there watching me. Another deer stood as a sentinel ready to signal her distrust of me. Yes, slowing down with a willingness to see more deeply into my normal field of vision rewarded me nicely. How often do I walk right by them with hasty surface vision?

When seeking God we should consider the stalkers attitude. By becoming still, quiet and making less of ourselves, God is there to be found when we seek Him. Without stillness would we seek Him at all? The Lord said in Jeremiah 6:16,

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” NIV

God asks us to stop and look for Him. His path has always been shown to us in the scripture. We complicate it and shove God into a confused backdrop of our own making.  Then when time comes to search for Him, we do so casually in the middle of the distortions we have made of Him. There He will not be found.

Like the woodsman who stops, looks, listens to see the life around him, God says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) To see God, look to Jesus. He was sent by the Father. In seeing Jesus we see the way to the Father, for He said I am the way the truth and the life, believe in Me.

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About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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