Today is the day! I have been looking forward to this day since August. Today I pick my son up from college for his Christmas break. He takes his last final this afternoon and then he has officially completed his first semester of college. I can’t wait. I have missed him so much. I’ve missed sitting on the sofa after school talking about his day. I’ve missed our deep spiritual conversations at the end of the day when he had something heavy on his mind. I’ve missed his whacky sense of humor keeping me in stitches every day.
People have often said, “Oh, he’s at Georgia Tech. Well, at least he’s close.” He might has well have been in Kalamazoo because I didn’t see him each day, didn’t talk to him each day and didn’t experience life with him. I’ve missed him.
How many of us leave God feeling this way about us? When we entered into a relationship with Him, He took the commitment seriously. His commitment to us is as serious as the one He made with Joshua in Joshua 1:5,
No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
He makes Himself available to us twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year. He’s there morning, noon and night, missing our conversations about our day or the problems we’re facing. He longs for time with you.
Is God missing you, looking for you to return home? It doesn’t matter why you left, whether it’s been years or just a few days, He still waits, eager to talk with you. Jesus painted a beautiful story of how the Father longs for a relationship with us in the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32.
Just as this Father sat and waited for his son, the Lord sits each day waiting for us.
Will this be the day He celebrates because you give Him your time and attention? If no, then why not? What or who is a higher priority than Him? It’s something to think about.
*Don’t forget to join me over at Resolution Hope today where we’ll talk about getting in over our head and see how this applies to Hope in the next excerpt of Rescuing Hope. I’d love to hear from you about the segments so far.
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