Posted by: Bob Clark | March 7, 2005

Tracking Me Down

I’ve seen a lot of dumb criminal stories – but this one may beat them all.

A Wisconsin man stole a GPS device used to monitor the movement of criminals who are on probation. Law enforcement officials immediately tracked the device to its new location – the thief’s apartment – where they arrested him.

It’s difficult to hide when you are carrying a tracking device.

It’s as futile as trying to hide from God.

Remember Jonah, the whining prophet, diverting to Tarshish rather than answering God’s call to preach in Nineveh? When do you think it finally dawned on Jonah that he was being tracked?

  • When a violent storm arose on the sea while he was fleeing in a boat?
  • When the sailors cast lots to see who was responsible for the storm and the lot fell on Jonah?
  • When he was being tossed overboard in a desperate attempt by the crew to save their boat and their lives?
  • When he was alive in the belly of the great fish. . .for three days and nights?
  • When he was vomited out of the fish’s mouth onto dry land?
  • When he preached in Nineveh and everyone, even the king “responded to the invitation?”
  • When he sat in the shade, sulking over God’s compassion?
  • When he was sunburned after the shade-providing vine was eaten by a worm?

You can’t run from God — the Holy Spirit must operate like some sort of tracking device. David said it so eloquently in his Psalm.

Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I’m immersed in the light!”
It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.

Psalm 139:7-12 The Message

So often I have laughed at those stupid criminals. I mean, how could they possibly not know they were going to get caught? And yet I walk around with seaweed around my neck, smelling of fish vomit.

When will those criminals learn?

When will I learn?

Thank you, God, for tracking me down.

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