Skipping from mountaintop to mountaintop can be a beautiful thang. Sunshine and sparkles abound and you will generally find yourself surrounded by folks who adore and live for the mountaintop experience. There is nothing wrong with that feeling or adventure. Who doesn’t love a feel-good moment that lasts forever? It’s like clouds of cream and lightness to keep you floating above the fray.
I only have a couple of problems with this concept. One of those comes in the form of complete exhaustion. Happy-all-the-time totally wears me out. I am not talking about the inner joy and peace that comes with serving God. I am talking about the life-style that tempts everyone to believe you lead a perfect life and nothing bad ever happens. I have known folks to go into full meltdown when life comes at them while they’re speeding down happy trails. They become traumatized over an event that should not take the wind out of their hang-glider experience, but suddenly, they have crashed into the side of a mountain and need a squadron of rescuers to get them back up to the top of the mountain once again.
The other problem I have with this concept is when you exist for the higher-than-a-kite life, you will never learn the value of being content with whatever station in life you find yourself. If you go to church on Sunday to get your fix, by mid-week, your hump day is a major slump day, spiritually. On Sunday, you believe in miracles, bottomless pockets, rainbows around each corner, and everybody loves me. Your mentality has become dependent on how you feel spiritually on Sunday. I love Sundays! Refreshment on the Day of Rest! I love going to church and worshiping with like-minded folks, hearing a word from the Lord that does exactly what it needs to do in my heart and mind. But I cannot sustain the relationship God wants to have with me, the one I depend on having with HIM, based on once or twice a week. Church is important and if you are blessed to have a church family? Well, you like me are certainly blessed.
If you are in a loving relationship with anyone, your spouse, child, grandchild, best friend, or even your pet which you adore, you depend on contact much like your lungs depend on oxygen and your heart depends on the blood pumping through. You talk, text, fb, email, visit. You need that intimacy for survival. I need daily contact with my Lord. I cannot get through the day without conversation with Him, repeatedly, and getting into the Word.
The relationship that is the richest and most rewarding does not happen on it’s own. While Jesus craves time with you, HE will not force HIMself into your daily time. HE might remind you from time to time that HE is still there, but HE never imposes. In that respect, HE is no different from anyone who loves you. They will remind you from time to time of their love, but they would never demand you spend time with them. Spending time with someone is your gift of love to them. You want to be with them, so you plan for those times. You make time even when your schedule is full because it is important to both of you.
Same concept applies if you truly want a relationship with the Lord that is ongoing, sustained and the most powerful and power-filled love you will ever experience. Make time to talk to HIM throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be poetic, or filled with pontification like the Pharisees. HE just wants you to use your words to express your heart. HE will listen like nobody has ever heard you before. When your heart is broken? Only HE can truly understand your pain. If you are fearful? HE will speak peace. If you are between a rock and a hard place? HE will be your Rock. Jesus can do for you what you need. Even when you cannot speak the words, HE and only HE will hear your heart. That is prayer. Prayer is about confessing everything, sharing everything, and loving HIM. Prayer is when your heart is so full of worship and thanksgiving, all you can do is cry. Prayer is about communication with HIM in whatever form it comes. Talking, sharing, expressing.
When we make prayer out to be some mystical experience we make folks shy away from spending time with their First Love. It is not an out-of-reach thang. It is no different that chatting with someone on fb, sharing a blog, or texting 20 times a day. It is just that simple! Communication and conversation.
Spending time in the Word allows you to know about this One with whom you will desire an all-consuming relationship. You will learn the basics about everything HE created. You will see how HE got folks through tough times. You will experience HIS eternal love and desire for you by spending time in HIS Word. It will foster an appetite for more of HIM. Creating the devotion in you for HIM in the same way HE is devoted to you!
The benefits are this relationship are endless. But that one branch of it that means the most to me right now? Over time and life-experience, you have a constant companion who has remained faithful, no matter what. You learn that HE is Dependable. Forever. Unchanging. Loving. Comforting. Trustworthy. When you KNOW HIM, you know that HE is within you in the midst of everything. When a situation feels impossible? HE is the Possible! When you are up against a wall? HE is the Door. When you can’t see your way out? HE is the Light. When you crash and burn? HE is your First Responder. When your heart breaks? HE is Comfort. When your body is wrecked with pain? HE is the Balm. When you come to the end of days? HE is Happily Ever After!
This Love Connection will bring you everything your heart longs to feel and experience. This relationship will keep you content in whatever station of life you are currently living. This relationship will fulfill your entire life, if you want. HE will promulgate HIS love for you but will never force you to reciprocate. HE longs for you but will never insist. HE wants your time and affection but will wait patiently. Stop wasting time and go for HIM!
HE is your Happily Ever After!