YOU Define the Depth
Have you ever felt compelled to get all spiffy’d up, throw on your most beloved black dress, your best pair of pumps, and you are now so beautifully accessorized Macy’s would want you in their front window. Then realize you have no destination in mind, ‘all dressed up and nowhere to go?’
Our relationship with God is like that at times, we read our Bibles, write in our journals, have our devotions, say our prayers, be in attendance at church, shake the hand of the person next to us (check, check, check and CHECK!) yet … that is as far as we get and as deep as it goes. I’ve been guilty of this at times. It’s as if I am waiting for God to make the first move. Not that I am waiting for a burning bush experience, that would be too freaky or the blinding lights of the road to Damascus. But come on, be honest, in this day and age we expect things to always come OUR way effortlessly. Or push a button and we get INSTANT results. There may be a ‘Staples’ button, but there is not an ‘Instant Depth’ button for God.
James says clearly “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (4:8) We gotta step out, make the move. One of God’s attributes that I strongly appreciate is that of His patience. He longs for us to come to Him, He is waiting. The principle is the same in all relationships, if you want it to be strong and deep, you have to cultivate it, put time and energy into it … PARTICIPATE in it.
Jesus is a wonderful example of this; Matthew chapter 26, Jesus leaves the crowds, leaves the disciples. Now with just Peter, James and John, it says He went ‘further still.’ He gets away … alone. Falling on His face and prays “FATHER …”
May we too take it a little farther to be alone with the Father. Let’s do some ‘drawing near’. Do we simply wear the snorkel mask for an expected shallow depth or do we prepare – position for a depth of divine proportion?
So today, let’s enjoy our relationship with God. But let’s not merely dip a toe or two, but SUIT UP! YOU define the depth! Call out to Him, seek Him, enter in and draw close to Him. “Come boldly to the throne of grace” (Heb. 4:16) Woman of God, now go…
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)