My little girl loves her daddy.
He gets her full attention.
She hangs on his every word. He speaks no wrong, and she lets none of His words fall to the ground.
She runs to him when he walks through the door.
Even though I carried her for nine months, it is still endearing to watch the pair because she is a daddy’s girl through and through.
I have to admit that she came to mind as I was reading through Revelation yesterday. In the letter to the Ephesians Jesus states, “… you have left your first love” (Rev 2:4 ASV).
I thought of my daughter and her adoration for her daddy, and then I thought of how I was when I was a new Christian. I was much like her.
I pored through His word. I couldn’t wait to hear His voice each day.
I longed to be in His presence in prayer, to whisper my thoughts, concerns, dreams, and aspirations.
I would tell everyone I met about the man in my life.
But I have to say, there have been seasons when things were different; I was more distant. There have been times I needed to be stirred by a worship song to remember how things were.
I had lost the deep desire to join him on dates.
Our quiet time had become habitual, or worse, obligatory.
Reading His word had become an item on my task list.
He was no longer the first thing on my mind.
Can you relate?
Friend, if we are not intentional those days will become seasons, and one day we will look at the intimacy we once shared with our Lord and see it as a moment in time, instead of experiencing the joy that comes with a continual relationship.
Today, I ask you as a sister, how is your first love?
Is your love strong or do you need to pray about your relationship?
Do you need to commit to doing anything differently so that your love can be made strong once again?
If you are having an off season, God offers us encouragement and hope: “"Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Return to Me," declares the LORD of hosts, "that I may return to you," says the LORD of hosts” Zech 1:3 (KJV).
We only need to return to His embrace; return to being enamored with the sound of His voice; return to sharing Him with everyone; return to not letting His words fall to the ground; return to having the deep desire to please Him.
Return to Him.
Word of the Day:
'I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart” Jer 24:7 (NIV).
Lord, thank you for always being there, waiting for me and beckoning me. Thank you for your constant love. I ask today, that when I am distant, you pull me into your embrace. I ask that you beckon me with the voice of your spirit, and cause my heart to be sensitive to your presence, in Jesus’ name, amen.