All last week, our family of 8 plus a babysitter were in Fort Worth, TX for a convention. What we expected to be a great week turned out to be one of the most life-changing weeks of our lives. While Jonathan and I were in services 3 times/day and our middle 3 children were in their services, Matthew- our 14-yr-old was in his group. We knew the speaker line-up for the teens looked powerful but since we had never attended this event, we didn't know how Matthew would enjoy it.
We found out at the end of the first session on day one! We could tell just by looking at him that the power of God was in the room where he was... Every day during our lunch break, Matthew was the one who was checking the time and reminding us that he had to be back early to get a good seat. Moms of teenagers reading this know the joy that flooded my heart all last week seeing how hungry my son was to know God.
Do we have that kind of hunger as we wake up each morning? Or is it "slurp, slurp; doughnut, doughnut and out the door"... Would we hurry by our kitchen table to get to work on time if Jesus himself was sitting there? Jesus would call out as we walked by, "Son, Daughter, come sit with me and let me tell you how much I love you. I have some marvelous things to tell you about the work my Father is up to. Let me teach you how to be an overcomer today and just how close you are to that promotion you've been asking me for..."
Well, guess what? Jesus IS there every morning! I think God smiles as soon as we wake up knowing it's time to fellowship again. That is why He created us you know. :)
Jesus said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled." Matthew 5:6 When we start to feel empty or unsatisfied is when it's time to get into God's word to get filled up. The more time we spend in God's word, the more hungry we will get. We will find contentment but will never be satisfied. That's a good thing.
If we only knew how much our Father longs to spend time with us, we wouldn't hesitate to set our alarm an hour earlier each morning. Check out one of my favorite songs below of Jesus' call to us. :)