Thursday evening I named my bird Persy, short for persistent. Another verse came to mind. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Ask, seek, and knock are three Greek imperative words. They are in the present tense, meaning that it is continual asking, seeking, and knocking. I asked the Lord why Persy was so persistent to get my attention, but would fly away as soon as it saw me? (it’s a young mockingbird)
James 4:8 came to mind. It says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Persy is an object lesson in being double-minded. My bird pecks for my attention (one mind) but flies away as soon as it gains my attention (another mind).
It reminds me of one who emotionally beckons with one hand, and when that person starts to move towards them, they put up the other hand to stop them. Pull then push exhibits double-mindedness. Personal application of James 1:8 indicates that emotional baggage makes us unstable.
Let’s apply Persy’s behavior to our relationship with the Lord. If He is our Life-Line, then we will draw near to Him at all times. He is Ever Present in our times of need. However He seeks our hearts to draw near just to be near.
Psalm 91:1 says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” John 15:7 in the Amplified calls that, “…abide vitally united to Me…” Persy wants my attention but will not submit to abiding which requires full trust.