“Those who recall Francis Thompson’s haunting image of God as the Hound of Heaven, pursuing us down the halls of time, might well ask who, in fact, is the hound and who the quarry, whether we seek God or whether we are sought. If we try to answer the question on those terms, however, we stray into theological foolishness.
What we discover, instead, is that all the while we have been pursuing God, he has been rushing toward us with reckless love, arms flung wide to hug us home. God aches for every person, for every creature, indeed, for every scrap of life in all creation to be joined again in the unity that was its first destiny.
So while we are crying out, ‘Where are you, God?’ the divine voice echoes through our hiding places, ‘Where are you?’
Indeed, the story of the Garden of Eden reminds us that it is God who calls out first, and to this we answer. God’s yearning for us stirs up our longing in response. God’s initiating presence may be ever so subtle … but it is enough to make the heart skip a beat and to make us want to know more.” – Howard Macy, Rhythms of the Inner Life