“In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God,
his beloved is seeking him much more.”
— St. John of the Cross
(just some of the blueberries picked the other day / Julie Cook / 2018)
The other day I shared a tale about a lesson gleaned from within a blueberry bush.
I spoke of going full on honey badger after the abundance of plump berries.
An expression which means going after whatever it is one is going after with an exuberant
and high velocity of gusto and tenacity.
I likened such a fierce hyperfocus over the act of berry picking,
as small as it is in comparison,
to how God is to be viewed in His quest for and over us…
That He will go full on honey badger for the object of His affection.
A simplistic comparison but an earthly one that is readily understood in its
scope and depth.
A no backing down, no relenting, no walking away sort of approach to attaining the
And so yesterday morning, when reading the daily offering, the words of St. John of the Cross,
words echoing that same sentiment, I clearly began to see a trend of thought.
So since we’ve come to understand that there is no such thing as coincidence…
only the Holy Spirit…
we know that this “thought” is being revealed for a reason…
A reminder, timely that it is, that we are being sought to such a depth of desire that it
far surpasses our own comprehension of what intent and reason actually mean.
If we seek our earthly desires with such a tunneled visioned steely wanting and precision…
what then of God for us?
So here is a reminder, an offering in the need in knowing, that God will not nor has not,
A reminder from past to present that God remains steadfast in His pursuit
of both you and me.
A pursuit that has been gravely costly to Him but a pursuit that has never lost its momentum
nor waned nor diminished.
If we stop, just stop doing what it is we are doing, allowing our minds to grasp the very thought
of such a driven quest for such a desire…it is more than we can digest or phantom…
to grasp that we are the end focus of such a quest, such a goal…that we are
the end of His desire, His wants…
If we allow ourselves to ponder and ruminate over such a thought we find that such knowledge
is so very necessary and even crucial in this day and time of ours…
Yes there is a beloved…
and He his seeking His beloved…
and that beloved is both you and me…
“[The] ultimate end of man we call beatitude.
For a man’s happiness or beatitude consists in the vision whereby he sees God in His essence.
Of course, man is far below God in the perfection of his beatitude.
For God has this beatitude by His very nature,
whereas man attains beatitude by being admitted to a share in the divine light.”
— St. Thomas Aquinas, p. 119
An Excerpt from
Aquinas’s Shorter Summa