During the summer months, I used to wake up early in the morning to walk—a choice I made based on the example of a good friend of mine. It gave me some alone time, some exercise and some uninterrupted time with God. Since starting school, I haven't been able to do that—I just can't wake up that early! But I have started walking to and from school to compensate. Me, my backpack and my iPod.
One of my favourite parts about my walks so far, have been coming home. On a few occasion, Opa has taken my kids out to walk and meet me. I can't even describe the feeling I get when I see those two miracles walking towards me. Now not to offend any parents of my students who are reading this—I love your children! But after a day of work (and sometimes a long day of work!), to walk towards two children who I can call my own, there is no greater joy to me! I love their looks of surprise to see me appear so close to them and their big smiles when they recognize me—and the way they run to me and hug me and want me to lift them up for some snuggles! They have so many stories to tell right away . . . and sometimes they just want to hold mommy's hand now.
I think of how God must feel each time we turn to Him. And I think of how often God is calling us to Him. In Matthew 4:18-19, Jesus sees his future disciples and says, "Come, follow me." And they do. In Matthew 11:28-30, He says, "Come to me, all who are weary and burdened. . ." God calls us in relationship with him in Isaiah 1:18-19: "Come now, let us reason together. . . if you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land." The Psalms also speak of our response to come to God. Psalm 95:1 says, "Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord" and verse 6 says, "Come, let us bow down in worship. Psalm 100 tells us to "come before him with joyful sounds" (verse 2b) and to "Enter his gates with thanksgiving" (verse 4).
I am thankful that God asks me to come to him. I am thankful that I can come to Him in a way similar to the way my children come to me. I am so glad I can come to him in whatever state I am because He loves me and cares for me. And I am thankful for his promise to me that He will come again. (Revelation 22:12 & 20)
Other verses to read: Revelation 22:7-21