Faith And The Pursuit of God

Recently I read The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. Some devotional type books seem to have nothing new to say, but this one is different. It explores the ancient truths about God and our relationship to Him, but it presents them personally and with such clarity that I could recognize echoes of my own life and experience on every page. I could hardly stop copying out favorite sections.

I love how A.W. Tozer reminds me of the implications of God’s presence in His world and the truth of God as the source of all life. It is God that pursues us before we can pursue Him. We can not go anywhere that God does not exist, yet we need to allow Him to strip away our selfishness and sin before His presence can truly dwell in us and us in Him. And there we find the life that is beyond our deepest anticipations.

If you can get a hold of this book, read it. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from it:

Welcome. My name is Rebecca. I’m glad you’re here.

Now is the only time there ever is to do a thing in.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

My two youngest brothers and I were nestled on the sofa one evening while I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin to them. This sentence spoken by the no-nonsense Miss Ophelia from Vermont made me stop and smile. So true.

I’ve become too good at procrastinating. I can dream and plan all I want for the future, but it’s what I do now that counts. Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation. Jesus’ name Emmanuel means ‘God with us’. God with us now, this moment; He is I AM. And He can only work through us if we allow Him to use us wherever we happen to be in the present moment.

I’ve chosen now to launch this blog. You can expect to see inspirational meanderings, life updates, poems, photography, and quotes. Also, I’ve been working on writing a book about my great-grandmother’s life, and plan to post updates on that, especially when it becomes available to buy. I pray that the words shared here can encourage you in your own journey into His marvelous light. 

Here is a brief overview of my life journey.

These are the people who mean the most in my life. My parents, Marvin and Amanda Weber, surrounded by their children, L-R, Rebecca (20), Jonathan (12), Jesse (16), Daniel (9), Adoniram (6), Caleb (14), Selema (21) and Judith (18).

I was born in an old farmhouse in Southern Ontario, my parents’ second child. In the meantime, I’ve lived in nine different houses, including old farmhouses, a crowded apartment in the city of Kitchener, and a 13-yr-old house on the shore of Lake Erie. In all these places and in different church communities, I’ve met different people. Many have become dear friends; all of them have shaped my life. I’m so grateful for the friendships that continue to this day, and for the new ones I get to cultivate today.

When I was almost nine years old, I heeded the call of the Lord to step out of darkness and into His marvelous light. Since then, He has been faithful to lead me through circumstances that draw me closer to Him. More and more, I desire to give Him all and to let His name be glorified through my life, even if it means dying to self. His Word is a light on my path. He has made me a partaker of eternal life. Glory to His name!

In 2015, my family moved to Nova Scotia. I have grown to love the hills and valleys of this province, the ocean never far away, and the friendly people. In the last few years, I have also grown to love the brothers and sisters of Bethel Mennonite Church, of which I am now a member.

For years I wanted to be a nurse. Working in a seniors’ home for a year fulfilled the desires of that dream. Currently I work as a special education teacher for one dear 9-yr-old boy from my church. It’s a stretching vocation, but so fulfilling.

There are so many stories I could tell, but they must wait. For now, let me say again: Welcome. Let’s journey together into His marvelous light. Today, and always.