Thursday, January 30
I was at an appointment this week and was being asked several questions. My favorite part of the conversation went like this:
Nurse: What is your relationship status?
Me: I’m in a long-distance relationship.
Nurse: Oh ok, where does your significant other live?
Me: In the future!
It caught the nurse off guard at first and then she laughed. She said, “girl you are crazy”. I said, please don’t note that on my chart because I don’t think my insurance covers crazy.”
When you think about relationships in your life who comes to mind? Your spouse? Your children? Your parents? Your friends?
What about your relationship with God? Do you feel it is a relationship or is it simply a religious status?
God desires an intimate relationship with His children. Have you ever been so hurt or burdened that you just wanted to crawl up in the lap of Jesus and be “held”? I have. I grieved so deeply after the death of my mother that I was desperate for comfort and peace. I remember praying and crying out one night, “God, I know you are the creator of the universe and I reverence you as Holy God but tonight I need you to be my daddy. I need to sit in your lap with my head on your shoulder and feel your loving arms hold me tight and assure me it’s going to be alright.”
I shared that in a group of Christian ladies years later and I distinctly remember the looks that gazed back at me. Looks of condemnation and even comments that suggested I was being irreverent. I must be honest and say it caused me to question myself. Was I being disrespectful? I certainly felt sincere.
Fast forward to a couple of months ago when I started reading the book “In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart” by Ruth Graham, Billy Graham’s daughter. I was grateful to read the following words in her book. She was speaking of a time when she was experiencing deep hurt. Ruth explains what I am talking about so well.
“God is not just our father; he is our daddy. Consider the difference. “Father” connotes a role, “daddy” a role plus depth of affection. So much in our Christian walk hinges on that depth of affection. If we view God as distant and disinterested, then we will miss the very message of scripture: that God came near in the person of Jesus. We will fail to grasp the power of Christ’s atonement: that a loving father, a daddy, sent his beloved and only son to die for the love of us, his children. While we must reverence God as our creator, we must know him personally in an intimate, affectionate relationship. Otherwise we miss out. We miss the point of our faith.”
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
What is your status? Are you in a relationship or a religion? I pray you can say you have a relationship.
Until next week……..Don’t forget to smile!