Wednesday, September 24, 2014
We used to spend so much time together. It's like our "who we were" has now faded into a "where did you go?" The deep conversations we once had are gone. All that remains are disappearing memories of what once was. Where did the "WE" go? The "US." What happened to that love we once shared? What happened . . . to you?
In reading those words, what pictures come into your mind? What scenarios from YOUR life do you see in them. As I wrote those words I was thinking of several people from my life. I was thinking about my best friend who has been on vacation. I was thinking about my father who died in June. I was thinking about a young lady named Kameron and a young man named Austin, all of whom have become memories in my mind and heart. Who do YOU think of? Who are YOU missing?
I think what the word "missing" means is that a part of US actually goes "missing" when someone we love is gone. It's like they take part of us with them somehow. It hurts us because our hearts have been wounded. Pierced. Torn.
I was reading the Book of Job this morning. Job had everything in the first chapter - wealth, family, possessions. But one day that was all stripped away and he was left with nothing. He was missing a lot of stuff! So what did Job do. He did a lot of whining and complaining to be sure. He was hurt. But despite his pain and suffering, Job did something that most of us wouldn't think to do in the midst of tragedy or pain or in the middle of missing someone. He worshiped.
"20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong." - Job 1:20-22
How is your relationship with Jesus these days? Do you miss HIM?
Please go back up to the top of this page and re-read those first two paragraphs. If you are feeling distant from God, perhaps you will find new meaning in the words if you read them from a different perspective. Read those first two paragraphs as if Jesus was talking right to you.
I miss Jesus. I long for His return. And if He doesn't return before I die then I will anxiously run into His arms when I do. Compared to what awaits me, this place has little to offer. That sounds harsh but we are called to love no one as much as we are to love God. His love is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24, Hebrews 12:29).
If each of us loves God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength we won't have to ever worry about missing anyone again. Loving God in such a way plus placing our faith and trust in Jesus for His forgiveness of our sins, ensures that we will be with Him forever.
There is comfort in that knowledge. I hope that my dad, Kameron and Austin took that step of faith. If they did there is little doubt we shall meet again. I wonder though. When we get to heaven, will we miss the people in our lives who didn't take that leap of faith? Unknown.
Jesus died for everyone's sins. All we have to do as sinners is repent and place our trust in Jesus. We must believe that His death on the cross was the atoning sacrifice God demanded as payment for letting us in.
Do you think Jesus misses us? We spend so much of our lives and our time ignoring Him. And do we talk to Him as much as we should? The more I read the Bible, the more I miss Jesus. I pray I would miss Him more and more, with each passing day until, at last, we meet face to face. On that day I will truly rejoice. And, according to what I read in His Word, He will rejoice as well.
I will close this post with two passages - one from the first book of the Bible, and one from the last. They are almost identical. They are both spoken by our God and our King.
"45 I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. 46 And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God." - Exodus 29:45-46
"3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God." - Revelation 21:3
Missing You - John Waite