It was a familiar feeling.
The conversation flowed like we had just seen each other yesterday.
But the circumstances for our impromptu gathering were not as pleasant as being seated at our high school lunch table.
Assembled faces now on a video chat, we were no longer talking about classes or weekend plans.
Sadly, a friend’s unexpected loss led to a discussion on how to best support her.
Some of these women I have known almost my entire life.
Being in their presence was easy and comforting, even if it was on video chat.
It had been way too long.
It’s sad it takes something like this to come together.
In unanimous agreement, we spoke about how we needed to make it a point to get together more often, despite the busyness in our lives.
As I sipped my morning coffee today, this is the moment I have reflected on.
How similar this is to my own faith walk.
Sometimes I will sit down with my heavenly Father to talk about my day, just like sitting at our lunch table.
It’s no longer about classes or weekend plans.
But the content does not matter.
What’s most important is being in His presence.
It’s a familiar feeling because the Creator knows me.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.” Psalm 139: 13-16 NLT
Being in His presence is easy and comforting.
But sometimes too much time passes between our conversations.
Something breaks my routine, and I find myself getting caught up in the busyness of life.
Then my meeting with Him comes only when a problem occurs or there is a crisis.
Regardless, His love never changes and He always receives His children.
“The Lord is like a father to His children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.
For He knows how weak we are;
He remembers we are only dust.
Our days on earth are like grass;
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blows, and we are gone—
as though we had never been here.
But the love of the Lord remains forever
with those who fear Him.” Psalm 103: 13-17 NLT
Just like my earthly relationships, the time I spend with my heavenly Father needs to be intentional.
No one knows me better than Him.
No one loves me better than Him.
Friends, don’t let the distractions of the world get in the way of the most important relationship you will ever have.
Spend time in His presence today.
As I settled into bed, I felt a sense of peace.
Jonathan was curled up watching Netflix.
Daniel reclined in his chair playing Madden on his Xbox.
My husband had already dozed off beside me.
There is no better feeling than this.
Everyone was home.
It’s just not the same when one of them is missing.
Just knowing they are all in my presence is everything.
Our heavenly Father feels the same way about us.
His ultimate goal is to have all of His children in His presence.
And when we leave this place, He wants us all to come home.
That is why even if one of us is missing, it is just not the same.
Even if ninety nine are present, He still pursues the one.
“Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15: 3-7 NIV
Don’t miss this, friends.
Our Creator rejoices when one of His lost sheep comes home.
“And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home.”
That is what our heavenly Father feels when all of His children are together.
And the one.