Inspired by “Running Out of Time” by Dez Childs
I am writing to say how much I care for you and to say how much I want you to know me better. When you awoke this morning, I exploded a brilliant sunrise through your window, hoping to get your attention, but you rushed off without even noticing. Later, I noticed you were walking with some friends, so I bathed you in warm sunshine and perfumed the air with nature’s sweet scent, and still you didn’t notice me. As you passed by, I shouted to you in a thunderstorm and painted a beautiful rainbow in the sky, and you didn’t even look. In the evening, I spilled moonlight onto your face and sent a cool breeze to rest you. As you slept, I watched over you and shared your thoughts, but you were unaware that I was so near. I have chosen you and hope you will talk to me soon. Until then, I remain near. I am your friend and love you very much. ~Your Friend, Jesus
One of the things that overwhelms me the most about God is that He doesn’t sit in heaven and wait for us to come back to Him. He pursues us! Look throughout Scripture and see how often God is the one taking the initiative to restore someone back into a right relationship with Him. From Genesis 3 to Revelation 22:21 we see clearly a record of God’s passionate pursuit of the human heart. Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, a string of kings, both good and bad, intermingled with prophets wooing and warning His people. We end the last chapter of the Old Testament with silence. And then 400 years later, God breaks the holy hush with the cry of a babe in a manger as the story picks back up in Bethlehem. From God’s first question, “Where are you?” until Jesus’ final words, “It is finished,” we see God drawing mankind with cords of kindness.
The same is true for us! He’s pulled out all the stops to woo and win your heart. God has pursued you and me into a relationship with Him. He meets us wherever we’re at. Even through our rebellion He calls, reaches, touches, heals, redeems and saves us. God’s love for us is unconditional. He doesn’t wait for us to meet some kind of condition or requirement before He acts. No! He continuously seeks and saves even the lost and rebellious. He calls us by name and makes us His children. Through the power of the Holy Spirit He makes us born again. He kills the old sinful nature in us, and creates a new spiritual one in us. He is there in the midst of your sometimes lonely, imperfect life. He is there when your disappointments and failures leave you empty and make you doubt your worth and purpose. He is there when you’re going through the motions, aware of what needs to be done but unaware of how you’re going to do it all. He is there during endless days filled with projects, diapers or laundry when you’re wondering if you’ll ever find meaning in the monotony. He is there when you’re criticizing yourself and questioning whether you have what it takes to be a Godly person. He sees you. He notices all you do and He knows all that you long for. In fact, Jesus is the only One who can meet your deepest need to be known, accepted and pursued simply because of who you are.
Today He is pursing you with His gift of perfect love; Love that is patient and kind, love that keeps no record of your wrongs, love that won’t give up on you. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, He is there. Will you take time to stop and talk to Him and then quiet your thoughts so you can listen to His? Our time is short and moments are sweet; Let’s meet Jesus right where we are today in all our messiness and allow him to speak life into us in ways we’ve never experienced before.
Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to www.facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dez Childs is a contemporary Christian singer/songwriter from South Jersey. Created can be found on her Heart Cry CD which can be found on amazon, itunes, or on her website. For more information about Dez you can go to her website at: www.dezchilds.com
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