I sat in my hairdresser’s chair on Thursday and suddenly started laughing. I told her, “I just realized that I forgot to make the scalloped potatoes for Easter dinner last Sunday.” Oh, my, when am I going to learn to make a list of all I plan to serve? Fortunately, I hadn’t promised scalloped potatoes to my guests so they didn’t know what they missed; but my family is such that it wouldn’t have made any difference to them anyway.
As I thought of my goof, I immediately thought of God’s promises. He always keeps His promises and never forgets them or fails to bring them to pass. He doesn’t need a list but He has made a list of them for us to remember in His Word.
I’ve needed the reminder of God’s promise of His faithfulness because I haven’t been faithful to have my quiet time with Him for about two weeks because of being sick and having family visiting. I put the Lord aside, although I still prayed often, but my personal time with Him was lacking. I knew I needed to get back to having that committed time with Him.
When I shared my longing with my sister, Karen, she said wisely, “I think God misses us when we don’t turn our attention to Him. Our time with Him isn’t just for our benefit, but for His also.” What a great thought. He misses me. He misses you. He wants fellowship with us. And that’s a promise that He keeps as He welcomes us back to having fellowship with Him.
I’m so grateful also that He doesn’t have the attitude, “Well, you’ve ignored me, so now I’ll ignore you. Just see what that feels like!”
His love is faithful and He welcomes me back eagerly. My guests didn’t know what they missed because of the “missing” scalloped potatoes, but all of us know what we miss when we don’t spend time with God—His rich blessings!
Matthew 11:28 says, “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’” (NLT).