I haven’t been or known anyone who has been stalked. But I have seen it on television, heard about it on the news, and watched it at the movies.
Stalking is an age-old practice of animals and humans. Predatory animals like bears, wolves, and large cats stalk their quarry. Ambling right up to a food source would only result in it running away. So, they stalk. Cats crouch, wolves run in packs, and bears suddenly appear and pounce. Regardless of the method, the action is preceded by stalking.
Human stalkers often act with typical animal behavior. Victims are selected, followed, observed, contacted, and sometimes assaulted and even murdered.
Wild animals stalked David’s sheep, but God’s goodness and mercy hounded David: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6 KJV).
God stalks his children with goodness and mercy. He even stalks those who want nothing to do with him. God’s common grace—in the form of sunshine, rain, and other blessings—falls on those who love him and those who don’t. But those who worship God receive extra measures of goodness and mercy. They also appreciate and channel it.
God’s goodness and mercy are unconditional and unending. We don’t deserve either, but he gives them, nevertheless. These virtues stalk us when we’re good and when we’re not so good. We can’t work for them, but only receive and enjoy them.
God stalks us when we’re stagnant, so we’ll grow. He stalks us when we’re growing spiritually so we’ll grow more. And he stalks when he’s ignored to get the attention of those ignoring him. His love won’t allow him to do less. God does the stalking, but it’s our responsibility to determine his purpose.
Martin Wiles is an author, pastor, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina. He is the founder and editor of the internationally recognized website, Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles is the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions, the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing, and Assistant Editor for Vinewords.net. He has also served as Web Content Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina. Wiles has authored Don’t Just Live…Really Live (Ambassador International), A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World (Ambassador International), Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity, and Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), Rise (Chaplain Publishing), and Love Knots (Vine-Word Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and has also written for Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Christian Living in the Mature Years, Mature Living, Parenting Teens, Open Windows, Proclaim, Stand Firm, The Secret Place, The Word in Season, The Upper Room, The Upper Room Disciplines, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper, Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, Power for Living, Halo Magazine, Joyful Living Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, Converge, Sharing, Today’s Christian Living, These Days, Plum Tree Tavern, Eskimo Pie, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Creation Illustrated, LIVE, Purpose Magazine, The Banner, Relevant, Bible Advocate, Reasons to Live, Author Magazine, and Lutheran Digest. Wiles has also written for the Bridges and Pathways Curriculum (Warner Press) and is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, PCC Daily Devotions, Theology Mix, Inspire a Fire, The Write Conversation, Inkspirations, and VineWords and is a regular writer for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles has also served on faculty for the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference. crat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions , the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. You can follow him @linesfromgod.