Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Party

We went to a party yesterday, my husband, son, daughter, and I. A friend of ours turned 40, and we were invited to celebrate. A lot of people showed up, friends of ours, and we all had a great time.  We spent time together.  We ate food together.  We celebrated our brother in Christ.  It was good. There was an ease throughout the relationships that I find inspiring. There was laughter and comfort and fun.
After the party, a smaller group of us went bowling.  That was entertaining. Once again, we had a very nice time with each other, enjoyable.
Isn't this what God intends for all His children? I know it is what I desire as His child.  I desire to be with His People, and to gather often for food, fun, celebration, love, and unity.  I desire to know His People, and to be known.  And, once I am known, I desire to be accepted and loved unconditionally.  Is this too much to ask of God's people?
Am I willing, as His child to give up myself enough, that I can take the time to serve Him in this manner?  Time to give of myself in relationship and love others? Am I willing as His child to reach out and actually hear the needs of others, and put them before myself?
In my reading this morning, God directed me to Isaiah 52 and there were a few lines that popped out at me. In verse 6, He says "Therefore My people shall know My name; therefore in that day I am the one who is speaking, 'Here I am' "
It's lovely, I think.  I am part of His people, and He is saying that I will know His name, and that He is the one speaking!  He is here, in my midst, talking! He is doing this with all His people, drawing them to Him, loving them, being powerful within them, and celebrating with them.  He is in our midst, enabling His people to know His name, and walk with Him.
And, then in verse 12, I read "For the Lord God will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard." Ah, my protection. Wherever I am, He is. He is scouting the path before me, and coming up behind me to be my safeguard.  His eyes are roaming all about, and He knows my path.  He knows. When His people gather, He is there. He is the heart of the party!
I like this.  I find it comforting to know, that it is all about Him, even at birthday parties.  It is my God that brings birth, life, hope, and My God that sustains me through the good and the bad.  He is the One that will not let any of us go. He is the smile, the joy, the presence that brings peace.
Father, continue to gather me with Your people and to celebrate with all of us.  Continue to cover us in Your love. Say That Again to me about being my rear guard, and enable me to stay on Your path that is scouted out before me.

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