A Wild Goose Chase

Posted: May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

It’s been awhile since I wrote anything. But here is something fresh:

In March of 2013 I was having a prayer time. I asked the Lord if He would give me an image, a revelation of Himself. The only thing that came to my mind was a goose. A large grey goose. My response: “I must be doing this wrong!”

I’ve had very little experience with geese. In 1983, I put a large and fiesty one in the old Homestead at Triple-R ranch to surprise the program director. (Sorry, Carol!) And occasionally where I used to live in south Tulsa I would have to slow the car while some Canadian geese walked across the road. But nothing in my experience that would bring a goose to mind in prayer!

So I put that image aside and asked something else. We had this conversation and I recorded it in my journal. I am going to share part of this private conversation with you as an encouragement for you and for me on my birthday:

Me: Lord, what is your name today?
Lord: My name is PURSUER, the ONE WHO PURSUES.
Me: Lord, why did you reveal this holy name to me?
Lord/Pursuer: Because like a goose I protect what is mine. I am vigilant, I will not be cowed. Like a goose, I set the agenda. I do not yield or surrender that to others. Whom I have set my sights on, I will pursue. They will be mine.
Me: Is there more?
Pursuer: You are mine. I have set my sights on you. I will not let you go. I will pursue you, protect you, be proactive on your behalf.

Me: What is your Word for me today?
Pursuer: I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine.
Me: Pursuer, why did you give me this Scripture?
Pursuer: I have the agenda. I have the ownership. I am not responding to anything in you. I feel tenderly about you. It has already been done. It is accomplished. Your identity is that you belong to me.
Me: Pursuer, tell me more!
Pursuer: You get your identity from so many things. Let that go. I am enough for you. This is nothing that you did. This is my agenda, my action, my initiative. I called you by name. I redeemed you. Specifically. I know who you are. And you belong to me.

There’s more, but I will stop there.

From time to time since then, I have mused over the image of the goose. Clearly it was the revelation of God to me on that day. Our college minister told me that the early Celtic church saw the Holy Spirit as a goose. I tucked that away and forgot about it. Recently, I took a couple of weeks for prayer and rest. For over a third of the last decade, I have been doing a second full-time job of someone in transition on my staff. No complaints, but I was weary and had begun trying to do things in my own strength.

I went to Seattle and stayed with good friends in the ministry. I prayed, slept, read, listened, soaked, worshipped and painted a fence. And we visited together. I had been to their home about 14 years prior and participated in a nearby revival where I had an encounter with the Holy Spirit that I would characterize as unexpected, wild, and yet tremendously loving. It affected me profoundly. We were reminiscing about that time and I remembered the Wild Goose. I pulled out my journal and read the account to them.

It is hard to boil all the richness of this journey…this Wild Goose chase….into a blogpost…or even ten!  But clearly I have not been on a Wild Goose Chase…the Wild Goose has been pursuing me.

The thought came to me that I should see if there were a poem or a song written about the Wild Goose.  There is.  So without further ado, I introduce to you one of my new favorite artists Anne MacCallum, and her song An Geadh-Glas (The Wild Goose) from her album Over The Moon.

Listen at cdbaby.com/cd/annemaccallum or check out anne’s own site at annesings.com

  1. Rob says:

    Thanks for sharing. And thank you for the reminder that the pursuer is relentless and sets the agenda.

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