Do you look forward to seeing friends whom you haven’t seen for a while? Maybe you touch base briefly on the telephone from time to time.
But it’s not the same as hanging out over an extended lunch or dinner, catching each other up on family and old friends. In fact I would guess that you may have several drawn-out attempts at goodbyes before FINALLY parting company. That’s usually how it is with good friends.
We look forward to our time together, and we tend to linger for as long as we can before we are forced to part ways.
Is it like that with your friend, Jesus?
Do you rush through your prayers in the morning or speed read through your devotional or Bible study? After all you have breakfast to prepare, kids to get ready and on and on it goes.
Jesus however, longs to spend that time with you. He looks forward to your time together just like old friends would. So imagine His disappointment when you do not stick around; when you barely say hello and rush on out.
How would you feel if your friend, whom you hadn’t seen in ages did that to you? It would not be a nice feeling, would it?
Plus you’d miss out on all the good things that happen when you spend time together.
In the same way, we miss out on a special blessing when we fail to spend quality time with God. And it’s not just about reciting a litany of requests with a dash of thank you thrown in before going on our merry way. It is about sticking around to hear what He has to say. Friendship is a two-way street.
How boring would it be if we met up with our friend and she did nothing but talk the entire time and we couldn’t get a word in edgewise? It wouldn’t be fun now, would it?
So why not try this the next time you set out to pray or study your Bible…linger a little longer with the Lord. He longs to spend some time with you.