I often have the tv tuned to TBN, while I work on my laptop. This week, a TBN speaker caught my attention when he apologized for chasing rabbits. I had to smile. Through the years I have sat in the audience and listened to many Pastors and speakers, from different denominations, who chased rabbits.
Chasing rabbits is a term that may be used when one veers off one’s planned topic. It can be a short chase or one that twists and turns for a long while. A persistent rabbit chase might lead one to the end of the time allotment, and the original message might never be heard.
I believe that far from being a lost train of thought, this is divine intervention. The Holy Spirit interrupts and inserts a story that will get the attention of one or more people in the audience. We all pay more attention when the subject is one to which we can relate. One hundred and ninety-nine people out of two hundred, may not be caught up in a story about hunting, sports, or camping. The men in the audience might not understand the significance of buying the outfit to match the shoes and not the other way around. However, one person might become so interested that he/she hears the miraculous call of Salvation.
I am blessed to attend a church where my Pastor occasionally chases rabbits. I am grateful that he is open to going where the Holy Spirit leads. It is my personal experience that these unexpected twists speak to me in ways the main topic might not. Very often, it is something I have been praying about, and the answer comes out as clearly as if God were standing there talking to me. Sometimes, it is something I needed to hear, and it sticks in my mind like a splinter, forcing me to ponder on it for a few days until I understand just how it relates to me.
I genuinely hope that you are blessed to have a Pastor, like mine, who chases rabbits. Have you had an experience where the chase touched you personally? Tell me about it. I look forward to hearing from you.
Kim Marie Johnson
Marie is an ordained minister. She is an author, artist, and designer. Marie enjoys teaching and speaking. Most important to her are her relationship with God, her three children and five grandchildren who inspire her every second of every day.