Thursday, September 1, 2011

Welcome Back!

The dog days of summer are melting into the cooler days of autumn.  Family reunions, vacations and road trips have come to an end. We almost look forward to fall as a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of trying to squeeze in every possible summer activity. And when we finally stop and take a breath we realize something is amiss. There is a certain emptiness that cannot be filled with more activities, a longing for something that got left behind when the calendar page turned to June and the last school bell rang. Can it be that we forgot Jesus in all of our striving to grab every brass ring of summer? It’s a common predicament that we can find ourselves in. In our good intentions of spending quality time with our families and friends, we can easily forget to let the Lord refresh us.We forget to carve out time to be with Him.

The good news is that He doesn't give up on us. Psalm 34:8-10 say’s “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” We have the privilege to be able to shut out the ruckus of this world and commune with the Most High God, to bask in the splendor of His Holiness where He allows us unlimited access.  We can “come boldly” to His throne of grace and obtain mercy Hebrews 4:16 promises. We can have our minds renewed Romans 12:2 tells us. We can be made whole in His righteousness when we walk into His throne room by praying and meditating on His word. And when we do we will find our Abba Father, waiting patiently with open arms, saying “Welcome back.”