“Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.” – Isaiah 55:6
If you are in the Northeast you are probably facing a blistering cold day, burr, welcome to winter. I hate the cold, I am a summer girl, every day, all day. Although my spring calendar says I have 24 days until Spring, today, I am picturing warmth a different way. The warmth of spending time with God in prayer.
The scripture above came to me several weeks ago, and stood out to me today as I reflected on life. I got up early and in the quiet, I spent time in thought and had a conversation with God. I thought how in the world did we make spending time with God, so complicated. Spending time with God is like finding an old friend, and sitting at a warm fireplace with hot cocoa or tea. It is not meant to be burdensome, and frustrated with the “right words and right things”. When I talked to God this morning, I didn’t use any thee’s or thou’s, I just said God. I made a mistake, I need to grow here, I want to do better this year. I read a scripture that reminded me of God’s goodness, and I celebrated and thanked Him for His mercy. I thought about and prayed for the many people who would go through life today, feeling alone, because they didn’t have a Savior and a friend called, Jesus. I remember feeling that way, and it made me feel sad. I thought about those who have accepted God, but who don’t know Him intimately. I thought of the relationship I used to have with Him, when I tried to live in perfection, “doing” all of the right things, but that’s not it either. Our relationship with God, looks more like sitting down with a friend and emptying out our hearts. We go to Him broken, beaten and torn, and say “fix it Jesus, like you said you would”. We look to our Lord and Savior with all our blemishes and stains, and knowing that He walks with us and loves us, just the way we are. Seeking Him while He shall be found is a lifestyle, not a responsibility. I seek Him because I want to spend time with Him. I know that He is there, anytime I am ready to talk. It also means that I need to have my ears open for His leading and guiding and being ready to hear what He is saying to me. Today I am warm and toasty, not because it is warm outside, but because of God, it is warm inside.
Spend some time today, getting to know God. Get warm inside by spending time in His word. If you don’t know Him as Lord and Savior, make today, the day you say yes. Just profess: I am a sinner, and I you accept your son Jesus, as my personal Lord and Savior, I believe He died on the cross for my sins, and rose with all power on the 3rd day, Thank you for saving my soul. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen. If you have fallen out of fellowship with God, reach out and pray. I want you Lord, I know you never left me. I am coming back to you. Thank you for loving me and accepting me just as I am, mold me and shape me into the person you want me to be. I love you Lord in Jesus name, I pray. Amen