I was in Bible study but every now and then I had a flashing thought of him.
There was so much that happened throughout the day that I wanted to share.
He and I had been communicating for a while and I was growing accustomed to his messages or his calls to talk about little, much or nothing.
I thought with eager anticipation of contacting him as soon as the study ended.
My phone was on the table and I glanced at it.
“I have not heard from him all day” I thought to myself. I felt an unfamiliar longing.
As soon as I said that something pricked my spirit. “Do you do or say the same thing about God?” I was asked.
A dialogue was starting in my mind in the company of the seven people in the room.
Ironically, that day we were discussing intimacy with God.
Earlier the leader of the group had asked each of us to identify the idols in our lives that were preventing us from spending time with God. We were asked to spot the distractions.
I shared what I thought my distractions were and went back in my head.
“Could it be the same way that the Spirit waits for conversation with me as I yearn for it with this individual?” I wondered to myself.
What if days or months go by without me praying (communicating), could it be the same way that the Holy Spirit pricks me to say, “hey I have not heard from you in a while?”
Some would say that a supreme being would not long for us if we go absent, but I know from experience that there is a tugging and longing in my spirit when I go a while without worship and fellowship with other believers.
It feels like a bidding for me to get close.
What if we pursue God as we would a lover? I asked myself.
I considered the way I would act with a new love interest and for a second you can imagine it too.
You want to talk to that person all the time. You share details about your day, even things that seem insignificant you tell them. You talk about your plans and depending on the relationship and the progress made you may even begin to share your fears and hurts and hurts with that person.
There is an expectation that this person will listen, give advice (if necessary) and offer comfort.
When I considered all of this it dawned on me that these are the same things that God desires to do for all of us, yet so often we put other people and things before Him.
He is the One who can offer us the deepest levels of comfort, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort” 2nd Corinthians 1:3
He is the One who brings healing to our souls like no one else can, “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
He bids us to draw near to Him and as we do this He tells us He will draw close too, but this is where we often fail. We fail time and time again to come close to Him. We allow ourselves to be so distracted by so many things and so many people, many of which only satisfies us for a moment.
The Lord desires to be our closest friend.
He wants us to be so intuned with His Spirit and so in need of Him that our hearts recognise when too much time has passed without us speaking to Him.
Isn’t that the very essence of a relationship anyhow and isn’t that the kind of connection that keeps a relationship going?
He desires it from us; relationship, not religion. The satisfaction our souls need lies in that.
I leave you with this video that was done by a friend of mine, who got his own revelation from a heartbreak.
Have a great day!
[Photo credit: thepursuit.co.uk]
[About the Author: Sandie Heron has a passion for writing and video production. She takes pleasure in the simple things in life and lives in Jamaica with her Sister Roxanne and Dog Jackie.]