I love to hear those words ring out when I come home from work during the week! Especially in conjunction with the sound of four pairs of feet running toward the front door to meet me. After a long day at work – sometimes filled with difficult customers, tough budgets, and big projects – it’s refreshing to come home to the noise of laughter and excitement, knowing that I am now in a place where I am welcome and loved.
There are times, however, when I get home and I hear nothing. No excited voices, no running feet and I immediately wonder what’s wrong! Hey, where’s the welcoming committee? Sometimes there’s a good explanation – they’re outside playing or maybe even hiding, wanting to surprise me. But other times they are just preoccupied with a movie, making a craft, or with a game they are playing. Even though it may not seem like a big deal, I’m always a little disappointed when I don’t receive the excited welcome.
I wonder how God feels when we act that way toward Him.
How often are we so preoccupied with life that we don’t notice God’s presence? He’s there waiting for us to recognize and run to Him, excited to spend time with Him! He’s ready to bless us, comfort us, and love us; but unfortunately many times our life is so busy we don’t realize He’s there.
In the morning we hit the ground running, immediately engulfed in our routine of fixing breakfast, getting the kids off to school, and ourselves to work – not leaving any time to share with God. As we go through the day we whisper a couple of prayers – we pray that the traffic will hurry, that the boss will back off, that we’ll get that raise we deserve – but no real communication with God. Finally 5:00 comes and we return home and are immediately drawn into dinner, the news, homework, and evening gym time. By nine o’clock we’re spent and ready to call it a night. But then we remember the laundry.
We have to do laundry.
After we finally finish we’re so tired that we can hardly stay awake. We fall into the bed while saying goodnight to our spouse, and get ready to drift off to sleep. Suddenly we realize that we have not spent any time with God. We pray a quick, sleepy prayer thanking Him for the day and ask Him to watch over us as we sleep. We’ll do better tomorrow, we promise. So He watches us fall asleep, wishing that we would’ve spend time with Him, wishing we weren’t so preoccupied with the mundane little things.
I don’t want to ignore God or be unexcited about His presence. He is our Father. He wants to spend time with us and He loves us more than we can fathom! I don’t want to be like a spoiled child who wants the benefits of a rich and loving father but does not love or respect him.
If you don’t feel like you have an excitement for God, be honest with Him! Let Him know how you feel. Pray that God will place a passion, a fire, in your heart for Him.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 KJV
Here’s is a video that my wife made of my youngest daughter coming to greet me when I came home. Even at her young age, she was happy to see her daddy! It makes me feel good to know I am special to her. God wants to be special to you. He wants your love.
He wants you to be excited to spend time with Him.