So many times, as I have walked with God, He has said those words to me. At first, it seemed like just a casual statement from somewhere in the deep recesses of my own soul. But, as the years went by, and God started teaching me about Himself, it changed.
About 28-29 years ago, He spoke something to me that took me into the Song of Solomon. It was an invitation to a deeper place than I had experienced up to that point, in my relationship with Him. What a journey it has been! Is it over or, indeed, has it even come to the fullness of the depth of relationship that is possible? Of course not. But one thing I can absolutely assure you; I will do whatever the Lord requires of me to cooperate with Him and allow Him to draw me to where He wants me to be. So, He has spoken once again and said, “Come away with Me…”
At first I struggled a little with accepting that it really was God, and not just something within myself. And because this is going to be a longer time of being “shut in with Him,” some questions started coming up, and I wrestled with them for a while. Why would the Lord say this to me now…in the midst of a very “active” time in my life?
He has given me some answers. One, when there are too many voices, vying for my attention, there needs to be a sifting or sorting out of those voices. Seeking God and allowing the Holy Spirit to do that for me is the only solution. He said so! Two, when all those voices press in on me, I become “re-active.” That is not God’s plan for my life!
The Lord spoke something else to me earlier this week, by way of something that happened here at my home. I was trying to share something I thought was important with my husband. He wouldn’t really turn and take the few moments it would have taken to listen to me. I wanted his attention, for just a minute, and hopefully, a response from him about what I was trying to tell him. He couldn’t, or wouldn’t, pull away from the nonsense he was watching on TV long enough to hear what I was trying to say. I was so frustrated! And, yes, a little hurt that the things I want to share with him have so little value to him.
I went back into my little office and, of course, talked or maybe “complained” to the Lord about the way I was just treated by him. Do you know what He said to me? He said, “I know EXACTLY how you feel! I experience it every day!” I was shocked by the intensity with which He spoke those words! Then my heart was so grieved, as I realized the depth of what He was saying about how hard it was to get His people’s attention. He said a lot more concerning it, but those things will remain with me until He tells me to share them.
He has my attention! I have chosen and will continue to choose to make Him my top priority! So, I will answer His call to “Come away with Me…” for however long it will take to accomplish what He desires for it to accomplish. I already know it is going to be for a longer period of time than it has been in my past experiences. I don’t have a problem with that. My heart is excited about it and I am filled with a wonderful sense of expectation for the things that will come out of it. As soon as I said “Yes, Lord” an overwhelming joy flooded my soul!
So, I will see you when I “get back.” I am trusting and rejoicing in Him for the invitation, and honoring the privilege He has given me to spend time shut-in with Him! I am truly blessed!