What would happen if we got an invitation from God in the mail?
Would I be so shocked that I would faint or fall off my seat? Would I think it was a scam and throw it straight in the bin or would I be honored that He would write to me?
Maybe none of those responses. But I would definitely have a response.
That response would speak to me on where I was at with God.
I guess part of me (actually to be truthful – all of me) would like to think that God cares enough about me that he would send me a note or speak to me to give me some sort of message. The amazing thing is that He does! It’s just that I often don’t have my “hearing aid” tuned in to God. I let the distractions of life get in the way.
God understands we are living this human Life and just passing through here but so often we have set up shop. We have made it more permanent than what it is meant to be and more important that I own the best things etc. We get wrapped up in this secular world, consumer-world and things become our God.
So, if I got this invitation, this invite stating God wants to come and visit me, will I get excited and start planning what to wear and what to say to him? Do I know what He wants from me? Would I feel guilty and turn the invitation down because I’m embarrassed or feel not worthy that He would come and visit.
Zacchaeus felt the same way – the little man in the New Testament hiding in the tree, so he had a better vantage point to see Jesus (because he truly was small in height) but also to hide without Jesus seeing him (or so he thought) for he had been ripping off money from people. He was a tax collector.
Jesus does not look at our unworthiness to come and visit us, for NONE of us are worthy. We all fall short of the glory of God.
He wants a relationship with us and just like He invited Himself over to Zacchaeus’ house that day, all He may do is knock on the door, send an invite in the mail but it is our response that He waits upon. For He is the respecter of our Free will. He waits for us to open the door.
Lots of questions start flooding my thoughts. Then the scripture comes to mind, “Be still and know that I am God” and I realize that maybe He just wants my presence!
Maybe He just does not expect anything but me to be there. He does not need anything from me. What could I give Him anyway? He already owns the ‘cows on a thousand hills”. All He desires is US. Our hearts, our focus on Him!
Would I be a Martha and go running around the house to clean it and cook a meal for Him and be all in a tither and cause stress to everyone in the household including myself or would I be a Mary and choose the better part and just sit with Him?
God created us to live with Him forever and to worship Him. He wants us to sit at His feet. I don’t need words. My spirit just sighs with joy and contentment. I want to gaze upon his face as God gazes upon our faces, with love and longing. God is a jealous God and we are his children. In 2 Corinthians 2:15, the scriptures declare “For we are to God the pleasing aroma (fragrance) of Christ among those who are being saved.“
The more I work on my relationship with God, the more I find I can sit at his feet in the middle of turmoil, in the middle of an argument, in the middle of a busy time.
All it takes is a few seconds of my thoughts, prayers, words or emotions sent to God and laying the situation at His feet and I feel like I’m not as stressed. I may not have the immediate answer but I don’t feel so out of control. His Grace and Peace envelops me.
I know I need a more concentrated effort later in the day to sit and pray, read His word, petition to and listen to His voice but the momentary prayers are a start.
I think I’ll just sit here for a while with God, and revel in the invitation He has sent me. I don’t have to worry about what to wear or what to say. I’m just happy to be here, at God’s feet!