One day there was an older married couple driving down the road in their pickup truck. When they came to a stoplight, the woman looked over at a truck stopped next to them. In that truck she saw a younger couple. The young lady was snuggled up very close to the young man with her head on his shoulder. The older woman offhandedly asked her husband, “Why don’t we sit like that anymore?” He in turn looked out her window to observe what she was seeing and then responded, “Well, I haven’t moved.”
The first time I heard this joke I laughed because I could relate. As we become more comfortable in our relationships we do tend to take them for granted until we remember the way we felt when they were new and appreciated. I believe this joke is such a compelling reminder of our relationship with Christ. Whenever we notice that their is a gap between Him and us, a space on the seat of our journey, it is because we have moved, not because He has. Our Savior always wants a relationship with us! He wants to share our joys, our sorrows, our hopes and our dreams. His hand is outstretched still… ALWAYS. Yet, when our lives get busy, or hard, or even too easy at times we tend to move away from Him.
My life has been blessed with so much. I have always had the necessities of life. I have a safe and comfortable place to live. I have clothes to wear. I have never had to see my children go hungry. I find that much of the time I am blessed with not only my needs but so many of my wants as well. I have family and friends that love and support me. I have gifts and talents that have allowed me to recognize the joy of creation and connection. And with all of these blessings swimming around in my head, the thing that I am most grateful for is my Savior Jesus Christ. I am grateful that I know of Him and of His love for me. I am grateful that I know Him and feel His presence in my life. And I am so very grateful that there is a way to move back across that seat when I have sinned and moved away from Him, either in not making room for Him in my excessive busyness, not taking time to read His word and communicated with Him in prayer, or even in much much bigger ways. I am so grateful for His grace and for our access to that grace. I am grateful that when I recognize that I have distanced myself from my Redeemer there is a way back and He welcomes it.
If you are feeling a distance between you and our Savior, I encourage you to examine your life and determine those things that are keeping you at an arms distance from Him. If they are big things, take care of them. Confess and forsake the things that are holding you back from a relationship with Him. If they are little things, slow down in the busyness of your life and look for ways to daily connect with Him. As you do this, I know you will have more peace and contentment in your life. You will find more to be grateful for. You will find more hope. You will recognize the joys of being anchored in Him.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Song: My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness by Kieth and Kristyn Getty
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