Over the Christmas break, a family member shared the most remarkable of stories. Volunteering at a second hand store, she was nearing the end of the day, and while exhausted, chose to finish her job of sorting through donation bins and opened the very last one.
What she discovered inside was breathtaking.
Pulling each piece of familiar hand-painted nativity from the bin, she recognized the initials and handwriting. Remarkably, her own mother had made this scene and had donated it over 20 years prior. Yet here, on an island miles from its origins, it came home to its family again.
In complete transparency, I truly believe it was a message from God. Just days before Christmas; a holiday often celebrated on behalf of tradition and not faith by many, He found a way to communicate that He still sees her.
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.- 2 Peter 3:9
I think there is a tendency to believe that the decision to follow Christ is somehow doing him a favor. We focus on what we feel we have to “give up,” upon following a set of rules, and in return can have a level of expectation that society, that God, owes us for being “good.” Some have even gone so far as to ask me personally what I feel my God has ‘done’ for me.
Oh, the arrogance of man.
The bible says God is love. The bible paints a picture of an all-powerful, all-seeing, all-knowing, creator God who chooses to pursue us on a very personal level. Our shortsightedness, however, often lends to a perspective that assigns very fallible and human attributes, thereby minimizing the magnitude of His grace, and the unimaginable lengths He will go through to pursue our hearts.
There is nothing your creator longs for more than your permission to love on you.
Where does your perspective lie this morning? Wherever you are, He is not surprised, but you may be disappointed. Even disillusioned. What would it mean, truly cost, to allow yourself the opportunity to be found? You can wait another decade for the sign you want, or perhaps you would consider, allowing to listen to His voice now.
Could it be that this year is the time to come home…