Longing to be Near
My little schnauzer, Bella, loves to cuddle up next to me. She waits for and anticipates the moment that I will sit so that she may lie down next to me or lie upon my lap. Sometimes, when she thinks that I am just about to do that—have a seat and settle in one place for a while, she leaps about excitedly, eagerly.
And it’s funny…when I do sit, she immediately snuggles in, getting as close to me as possible, and goes to sleep. All that excitement and anticipation…only to fall asleep.
The Lord convicted my heart that this sweet little scenario is actually a mirror to a much bigger picture of how we are to be with Him…longing to be near our Master, anticipating the next moment when we can sit alone with Him, getting as close to Him as possible; excitedly awaiting that set-aside time where we may enjoy Him, eat of His Word, drink of His Spirit and rest in His presence.
The Psalmist declares, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever…But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works.” Psalm 73:25,26,28
Go home today. Get alone with God. Draw near to Him; allow His Spirit to speak to you and rest in His loving, faithful, beautiful Presence.