“Doing something for you, bringing something to you – that’s not what you’re after. Being religious, acting pious – that’s not what you’re asking for. You’ve open my ears so I can listen.” Psalm 40.6
This week with the family I relearned an important lesson, something more valuable to me than money or personal glory. Living as a father and husband without a family is a difficult challenge. Beyond the issues facing me, it is the impact on two young girls and a woman who loves her life friend that I most frequently underestimate. A week together presented the chance to give something back.
I planned the week well. I brought flowers to remind them how special they are, I met them at the airport so they would not worry about local currency or travel. I arranged special outings and trips. It took a week to realize that this is not what they valued!
I do not remember a week with less stress. There were no raised voices, no tension lasting more than a few moments. The only thing that saved me was God speaking loud enough that I by chance gave them what they most desired, me.
What does God really want in our relationship with him? Do we need to bring something? Is it a formal worship service, specific way of dress, or use of special words? No and NO! God is looking for people who come to him in spirit and truth, ready to explore every aspect of a working, long lasting, relationship. God is looking for people just like you and me!
I find myself wanting and trying to buy God’s friendship. I go to worship with others every week, sometimes more than once. I watch myself act as I assume he wants me to act, even when there is nothing inside. I bring my money, thinking this will offset some of my choices. I do not find God this way. I have never seen anybody who finds God though these means.
God just wants a relationship with you and me. Nothing more