A few years ago we got a dog that we named Gracie. She's a poodle/schnauzer mix, so she's quite small; in fact she can only reach my knee if she's on her hind legs and stretches right out.
Being so small, Gracie has a different perspective of our household. She can't see what's on the countertops in the kitchen or the end tables in the living room and as much as she'd love to lick our faces, they are more often than not, completely out of reach.
That said, while Gracie loves a good game of fetch or a long walk, nothing gives her more pleasure than a little routine her and I have developed. Nearly every night I get down on the floor and sit there with Gracie. Where once I was out of reach, now I'm down at her level. She'll nuzzle her head on my side. Jump up and try to paw at my hair and her favourite- climb up on my lap and sit there pressed against me. Gracie simply finds pleasure being with me.
The other night as I was down on the floor with her the thought occurred to me of how my experience with Gracie parallels our experience with God. Like Gracie, we've all been created with a need to love and be loved. And as much as we search to find things on this earth to fill that hole in our hearts, we come up empty. But the good news is we weren't left to wander down here alone. Instead God Himself came down. He got down on His hands and knees so to speak and entered our world. What was once inaccessible and unavailable to us all was placed right in front of us through Christ's death on the cross and resurrection- the curtain that separated God from mankind was torn down.
God Himself came down and He waits for us to turn to Him. On days when we're lonely. During times when we're troubled. And even throughout times of great rejoicing. He comes down and He seeks to share these moments with us. Whether we need a shoulder to cry on or a friend to laugh with, God is there. And unlike in human relationships when we only make ourselves available to others at certain times or when we feel like it, God is there 24/7/365.
So will you turn to Him? So often we get so wrapped up in our worlds and our problems that we forget that we've got a friend waiting on us. But He is there and He promises that when we call on His name, He will be there. So will you call on His name? Will you stop going through life alone and instead take this friend with you for the highs and the lows?
He is waiting. His offer of love stands. The question is whether or not you'll accept.