I can hear Jesus calling us to come away. Late in the night when no one is around, when there’s nothing to distract us or to busy our time with; early in the morning, in the car on the way to work, on break or lunch, during our usual routine, He is there calling: “Come away with me, my beloved.”
For too long we have found ways around being with Him. We think going to church is enough, reading a chapter of the Bible or one of those Instagram verses of the day will be enough to keep our relationship with Him solid. Plus, there’s so many things vying for our attention: work, the laundry, projects, kids, family, friends, grief, service even keeps us just busy enough to “justify” our not spending time with the King. Yet, He is still calling, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while”, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest”, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.”
To some, He is saying, “Come home.” Some have walked away, have forgotten His great grace, His loving-kindness toward them, or have simply decided they are tired of continuing on. Come home, you. Repent and be received by His loving arms and accept His discipline.
The Lord sings songs of deliverance over us. He is ready and waiting now to free us from all burden, to take on all our cares for He cares for us. Why, then, do we wait? Why do we put it off when the King is here, now, calling to us, “Come?”
“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
He is still desiring to gather us to Himself the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wing; yet some of us are still unwilling.
This life is fleeting – we are but a vapor which will soon pass, and all the things we busy ourselves with will pass away, too. We can’t bring anything with us when we die. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21).
The God of the universe, our Salvation who bought us with a price, the greatest Treasure we could ever desire to have, wants to spend time with us. What could be more important? Let us be careful to give Him of our time – He is so deserving of it! And He will make it worth our while.
He knows you by name, and He loves you so deeply and passionately. He wants to spend time with you and fill you up, tell you things you never knew, and share in your life. While you’re doing the laundry, the dishes, wiping runny noses, changing diapers, fixing cars, building things – whatever it is that you do – pray. Tell Him about your day, pray for your family, friends, situations, needs. Whenever you can, while you still can, and while He is still calling, make it a priority to spend alone time with Him.
He’s calling, “Come away.” Will you answer the call?