In the past few months I have thought a lot about what it must be like to send a son or daughter to war. I’ve sent a husband but never a child. This last year I have watched friends say goodbye to their children with a good mix of pride and fear. I’ve felt that. A decade into this world they know what is at stake.
There is so much waiting and anticipation. Waiting for a phone call, letter, just a simple “Hey mom I’m breathing” is such a welcome message. In the midst of the worry I want to encourage you to seek the Lord. It is during our times of waiting that we have more time for God. Sleepless nights of worry can be replaced with time reading the Bible or calling out to Him in prayer. You may be surprised to learn that God understands. He sent his son, Jesus Christ, on a mission. A mission that ultimately cost Christ his life.
Learn from God’s example as He watched and waited while His son paid the ultimate sacrifice for us. He listened as Christ pleaded with him in the Garden of Gethsemane to take the suffering away. For 32 years God watched his son walk amongst those who would reject him. He watched his son sacrifice his life for those who showed no gratitude. The most amazing part of that to me is that God then offers his friendship and companionship to us, those same people whom his son died for. He wants to do life with us!
If you have never asked God to be a part of your life then perhaps today is the day! How do you do this?It’s simpler then you think. God simply desires a relationship with you. He wants to do life with you. He has been waiting for you, what He wants is to wait with you. Simply acknowledge that you have sinned, that Jesus Christ (his son!) died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins and rose again, let God know that you accept this gift that he gave, the gift of his son! It’s that simple.
Below is a video reading from the Bible, John 1. To learn more about God and His desire to do life with you, you can find his and his son’s story in the books of the Bible: Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. For a quick read start with Mark.