He’s Where You Last Left Him…Roms. 10:21

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He’s Where You Last Left Him…Roms. 10:21

Many of us have experienced, through observation and/or participation the time when a parent and a child are on a walk, journey, outing together or adventure together. The child is stimulated and intrigued by the many sights and sounds in the environment. Inevitably, the child wants to explore these things and subsequently wanders off from the parent. Eventually, the lure of the things that stimulated and distracted the child wears off and the child realizes they miss the parent. But the child is disoriented and not sure where the parent is. Additionally, the child may not have grown to the place developmentally where they are able to find their way back to the parent on their own. However, the parent (if the parent is a good one) has been watching this entire episode unfold. The parent’s gaze is fixed on the child and the child is never really in danger because unbeknownst to the child, they are within the parent’s reach. The parent, up to now, has not interfered because they wisely discerned that this instance is an essential experience in the child learning some lessons and subsequently growing, developing and maturing. The child now begins to progress through the stages of emotional, physical and mental anguish because they can’t get back to the parent. When the anguish reaches the point of being unbearable, the child cries out for the parent. Then the voice of the parent pierces the distress and despair now causing the child to refocus in the direction where they last left the parent. Looking in the direction of the voice allows the child to see where the parent is, the last place they left them. Then the child makes their way back to the parent, the place where they last left them. Their reuniting is wonderful, creating a memorable experience for both of them that will have a lasting impact on them individually and on their relationship collectively.

As it is in this instance of a natural parent-child relationship, so it is with us and our Father in Heaven spiritually. We start out with Him on a walk, a journey, an outing or an adventure. But something catches our eye and we become distracted and allured by the sights and sounds of the world. We wander off pursuing the exploration of that which seems for the moment to be of greater interest than our walk with the Father. The appeal of the allurement wears off and we realize that it really isn’t greater than what we had with the Father. Inevitably, WE MISS HIM. But we’ve wandered so far off, that we don’t know how to get back. Now the things that fascinated us to the point of straying are irritating us. We want to get back to where we were but we don’t know how. The anguish in our souls percolates to a point of torment and we cry out to the Father. Just then His voice pierces the distress, the despair and the darkness. We turn to the voice and realize the Father is at the exact place we last left Him; He’s at the last Scripture verse you read; He’s at the last gathering you attended; He’s at the last place of prayer where you humbled your heart to commune with Him; He’s at the last place of obedience that you turned from. HE’S WHERE YOU LAST LEFT HIM. And His voice is calling out to you through your desperate cry. Tune your ear and turn your heart to His voice. And that tuning and turning will show you where you last left Him. And His love, grace and mercy will empower you to begin your journey back to that place, into His waiting arms and pick right up where you last left off with Him. HE’S WHERE YOU LAST LEFT HIM. Go Back Now, HE’S CALLING AND WAITING…

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