Our pastor gave an illustration a couple weeks ago that made me smile and write some notes on my bulletin. He painted the picture of parents who finally get some time to themselves — a weekend away or just an afternoon date. The first few hours are glorious with great conversation and laughter and then she glances into the backseat of the car to check on them and he takes the Disney CD out of the player and they exchange that look that says, “yeah, we kinda miss them.”
They drive us NUTS, but yet, we do begin to miss them when they’re not around.
We probably drive God nuts, in a way, but He still really wants to be with us. Regardless.
We are His creation, made in His image. He didn’t stop at that though — now we are His redeemed ones, rescued through ultimate sacrifice. We’re pretty important to Him.
“And God cares what happens to it even more than you do. He pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head!” Matthew 10:31 The Message
Do you ever think about how much God wants you? Do you imagine Him standing by the gates of heaven, watching, waiting? Counting down the minutes? He’s straightening his tie, checking his hair once more, making sure the table is ready. He can’t wait to see you.
I wonder if we would live life a little differently if we thought about this all the time. If we felt the warmth of His desire. If we felt the tug towards a bigger picture, towards an eternal forever.
We’ve been chosen by God — chosen to do more than just survive on this dying planet.
“But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.” 1 Peter 2:9 The Message
Do you feel chosen? Do you feel wanted? Do you feel like you’re worth waiting for? If not, it’s time to surround yourself with scripture until you can feel Him holding you, hear Him calling you, see Him smiling. He’s lonely, He misses you. You drive Him crazy, but He still wants you close to Him. Really close.