This morning during our devotion time, I pondered how important it is to Joel and I to hear from our kids. Emails are nice, texting is great, but when real time hugs are impossible, hearing the voices of those we love has a powerful effect on us. It nourishes our souls.
The reflections continued as I studied God's Word. Just like with those we love and care about, we need to take the time to connect with our Heavenly Father, Papa God. Zephaniah tells us that our Creator, our Father, our Everything delights in us. He rejoices over us with singing, just like we do with our own children (and grandchildren). So when we "call" Him and He hears our voice does He smile? When we have a conversation with Him does it fill His heart with love the way it does with us when we talk with our children? Of course it does! He loves us deeply.
And what about our feelings for Him? What if we answered our phone and we heard, "Hello, it's Me, Jesus!" God desires to have a relationship with us on an intimate level and there is no better way than through spending time with Him. We talk. He talks. Yes, He does. He may not call us on our cell phone, but God speaks to us in His Word, in our minds, in our hearts, through nature, His powerful presence manifested, and much more. He waits to for us to come to Him, and certainly He comes to us. Be open, be still. Be still and know that He is God.
Next time your phone rings, check caller id. You may hear, "Hello, it's Me, Jesus!"