Every once in awhile, I come across a word I don't recognize. I look it up. Then, I try to use it in a sentence at some point during the day. (This has proven most interesting when reading Tolkien or C.S. Lewis...they love some flowery language). Recently, I have come in contact with two words I completely don't understand...pursue and cherish. Neither of these are difficult words, but they have not been applicable words in my life. In my head, these are fairytale words.
I have a mentor, of sorts, right now, who I meet with on a semi-regular basis. This person has been one of my greatest advocates and encouragers over these past 8 months. Through this very tumultuous season, this person has offered support, accountability, and wisdom. Just a few days ago, we had a conversation about my future. This person said that they hoped I would know what it means to be cherished; and that I would be pursued by someone who knows me, knows my package, and wants me still. That conversation shook me up, because I realized I did not have any idea what either of those words meant. They were just empty sounds with no meaning or context. So, I did what I do...I went to the trusty dictionary, and here is what I found:
Cherish- (love, adore)