I’ve always imagined my walk with God as a father and a son walking to the shops. The Father being young rich and handsome (obviously) and the child being young and full of crazy amounts of energy as all 5 year olds are.
The father tells the child “Hey bud we’re going to the shops and when we get to the shops I’m going to get you a huge present and before that we’ll stop off at a few places but you gotta hold my hand because the market is a crazy place full of people doing their own business and I don’t want you getting lost so stick close okay,”
Little son replies “Okay daddy,” and jumps up and down to show his excitement. However, during the stroll through the market the little kid loses concentration (not that he had much to begin with being 5 and all) and on more than several occasions, he runs off to look at some wondrous sight or just strays away to ask for sweets at almost every sweet shop they pass by. 1 john 2:15-16
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
The father factors in that the child is only 5 so his capacity for patience is at an all time low so he bears with the child and tells him why patience is really a virtue and explains that he has a bigger plan that will blow his sweets out of the water. This excites the child for about 2 minutes and then he’s back to running off again. This wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t actually going anywhere but poor young excited son has run about doing his own thing instead of sticking with his dad so they can pick reach his prize. Philippians 3:14
14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
The son losses his teddy bear, gets bruises from when he bumped into people and loses all his money that his dad had given him in a faulty vending machine. To top it all off, he’s now so exhausted that he just wants to sleep because he can’t walk anymore. The little boy’s timetable seemed way more important as random things caught his eye and popped up to take his attention. While all the while He lost sight of the bigger picture, the greater mission-getting to the prize.
The father understands that his son really wants the prize but on his own he will never make it. He needs his father to show the way and guide him. It’s not like His father wasn’t going to give him the things he wants or needs but only at the right time for not everything he wants he actually needs. The son in pursuit of all these fleeting distractions exhausts himself.
Out of mercy the father carried the son when he couldn’t walk anymore, exhausted from his misadventures. At times the father had to find him in the sea of people when the poor boy had lost his way and rescue him before he got himself into some more trouble or danger . Despite all this He was always there for his child.Psalm 46:1
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
I sometimes forget that God wants us to be his ambassadors and shine in a dark world, not get wrapped up and lost in it. 2 Corinthians 5:20
20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
It’s so easy to be super embedded in our day-to-day activities that we almost give little or no regard to God and the things He wants when God is the one that gives us the power and grace to wake up everyday in the first place. It’s like a light bulb trying to strike out on it’s own when it’s not connected to the grid. You have the capacity to emanate electricity but no raw current actually running through you to make it possible. 2 Corinthians 4:7
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
Let’s remember to include God in the things we do by praying for His guiding hand in our endeavors, his protection when we travel, his advice when we’re clueless , courage when we’re weak and support when we feel tired. God is a proactive father, One that wants to be involved in our lives. One that wants nothing more for us than to shine to our best ability and we cannot do that without Him so let’s willingly include Him in our lives and never let go of His hand.