“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
I now have a son who lives a few hours away, rather than in our house. This morning it had me thinking about how easy it was to bless him when he was close. Because we lived in the same house, I knew his needs. I saw when his pants wore out. I understood his schedule and could include him in things that were fun and take his plans into account. I heard his dreams and frustrations as we sat at the dinner table. I learned this all by staying close in proximity. It didn’t take a lot of effort to figure out he needed new shoes. I just noticed because he came home and I could see it.
Then I thought about how much easier it is for God, our Heavenly Father, to bless us when we stay close. He promises never to leave us, but we often leave him, either for moments or days or years. He doesn’t chase us down. We see this in the example of the Prodigal Son. He waits for us to come home. When we do, he welcomes us and celebrates because he can bless us again.
When we pay attention to other voices, like worry, fear, or self-comfort, we are choosing to forge our own way in this world with a partner who is not God.
God isn’t worried about today or tomorrow. He’s not worried about your finances or your children or your job. I imagine him saying, “My child, stay close…then you’ll notice what I’m doing. You’ll see it as you go about your day. Stay close… then I can bless you just because you have chosen to stay close to me. It will be much easier than if you stay away. I’ll be able to get it to you sooner. You’ll recognize it’s from me when I send it and you’ll be thankful to the right person. Then you will have joy. You’ll remember that I AM the provider.“