“‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed–or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.'”(Luke 10:41-42 NIV)
It was Saturday morning and my cat, Roxy, was being a total pest. She swished round my feet, meowing until I sat down and picked her up. She stayed on my lap for a few minutes, purring, soaking up the attention, but then she ran off to play with a ball.
Maybe this isn’t typical of every cat, but my own experience with the furry felines can be summed up nicely by a sign in my vet’s office: “Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. They have never forgotten this…”
The truth of the matter is, cats want to be with us, want our attention, etc., but only in their own time! Dogs, on the other hand, are a totally different story. They love to be petted and played with, yes, but when you aren’t paying attention to them, they are content to curl up at your feet. Having recently lost my 14.5 year old retriever, I certainly miss the unconditional devotion she always showed.
This isn’t the first time I’ve been inspired by dog-like love versus that shown by my cat, nor is it the first time I’ve written about how we need to be more like dogs in God’s presence and less like cats; but as Roxy returned from her ball this morning, to meow and walk on my papers, I realized something powerful: Roxy she doesn’t really care for me as a person; she simply desires what I have to offer: attention, food, letting her outside, etc. Is this how we approach God? Do we desire what He has to offer but shun surrendering to Him? Do we search for healing and liberty and joy, but refuse to enter into a relationship with Him?
Throughout my years in ministry, I have often observed people who, though they appear to try, never truly arrive at experiencing God fully. Some go so far as to pray thesinner’s prayer, but they never seem to receive the many gifts that Salvation offers us (peace, joy, love, etc.).
There is, for example, someone dear to me who has received several personal interactions that can only come from God. She has experienced dreams, answered prayers, even miraculous healings. She has had a taste of the joy and peace and love that only God can bring. In fact, she became so enamored with the peace, joy, love, etc., that she experienced that she began to seek it with all her heart, mind, soul and spirit. And she continues to seek these gifts of God everywhere–in new age and eastern religions, even in Christianity–but they continue to elude her.
Unfortunately, she continues to reject any mention of a relationship with Jesus Christ…
Is she seeking peace instead of seeking the Peacemaker? Does she desires Godly love without truly loving God? Does she search for joy, but not for the One who brings us great joy?
As I write this, I think of someone else who is near and dear to my heart. A professed atheist, this person once told me that he had spent months seeking God, but he never found him. I remember those months of this person’s life, for at that time I was seeking God as well. I remember how we both got up early in the morning to join in Bible study and prayer groups…I remember surrendering myself to God at this time, and that is when I began my relationship with Him. Could it be that my friend was seeking God’s voice and His presence, without being willing to totally surrender himself to Christ?
It makes you think, doesn’t it? None of us want people to simply pay attention to us for the “perks” that we might offer. We want people to love us for who we are, not for what we represent or what we can give…
Is God any different?
If you are frustrated by the fact that God’s wisdom/love/peace, etc. always seem to elude you, if you are beginning to think that God either doesn’t love you or isn’t real, then don’t enter this New Year without taking a moment to meditate upon your motive for seeking God. Make it a New Years’ Resolution to not just go to God with an agenda or a prayer list. Instead, enter His presence with dog-like love. Desire, like Mary of old (Luke 10:38-42) to simply sit at His feet, to love Him enough to just want to be with Him. If you put aside your own agenda and instead adopt the attitude of wanting to be with Jesus, then no matter what is going on in your life, I can guarantee you will come away filled. I can also guarantee you that if you continue to do so for the duration of 2019, your New Year will turn out to be very special indeed.
God loves you so much: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV). Why not surrendering to that love today? You can answer the Saviour’s Call by clickinghere.
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, andScriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, withAnswers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.