This month was actually interesting as pursuit cropped up in several different places in my life. Ironically, I watched the film the pursuit of happiness. And whilst watching, it made me learn some new things about pursuit. I see so much, how before the great pursuit starts, or before the great success in your pursuit starts, you find yourself in some very hard times. These times may be some of the hardest and murkiest times of your life.
Speaking to someone about pursuit a few days ago, they began to indicate how they are so close to success in life but it seems as if so much hardship is coming prior to success. I merely stated to them that life is transition or motion. To go so deep into the mire, when you return to the water, you must first travel back through all the dirt to get to the cleanliness.
The example of Jacob springs to mind. Jacob left home after duping his brother. He then had to grind out hard work for a number of years (21). While Jacob worked, he acquired much. One of the last things he received from Laban, was what he initially wanted (Rachel). When Jacob left, he obtained much cattle. Laban was coming after him, and he thought it would be hard. After this, Esau is headed in his direction. Jacob is covered with fear and seeking God for answers.
God assures him…Jacob left and was returning back to his home. This was a journey from one place, back to the starting point and then beyond. Jacob went through much strife to get to the man that would be called Israel. Even into parenthood and old age. Jacob thought he lost sons, only to regain him and much more years later.
Things look bad in life at times and what we have to do is take one more step.