“Those Annoying Notices”
Last week I received a renewal notice from a wood magazine I have taken for several years. They were offering me a half off rate to go ahead and renew now. The problem was I had just renewed for two years the month before! Talk about getting ahead of the ball… It seems a bit annoying to have someone always trying to get you to be sure that you don’t let your subscription run out. But on the other hand, if you don’t renew, there will come a day when you will miss your favorite publication and discover you missed the opportunity to keep it coming by not renewing on time. Of course, you can always contact the company and start over again, but it’s what you missed in between time that you may not be able to obtain.
Summer and Fall seem to be the season for church renewal or revivals. We all know about those revivals that start with homecoming. (A sneaky way to bait you into revival with food – works with Baptists every time!)
I can’t help but wonder how many times the Lord has reminded me to walk a little closer to Him or to find some time to get away from the telephone and computer and to wait on His presence in my life. Every now and then, I find I am growing a little weary, or feel some emptiness in my life or even getting cranky with life. Its then I begin to wonder if I missed a renewal notice for my spirit. It isn’t those earth shaking times of crisis, or need, or difficulty that I am aware I have missed it. It shows up in my daily walk and
fellowship with Him. I am rattling on in my own way of doing things, and all of a sudden, I discover I am on a different path than He is on. Often the awareness that I missed something begins with a simple sense that something is missing.
The Lord doesn’t do blaring commercials, or front page ads or even computer pop ups. He sends a gentle renewal notice saying He is missing our time together. In quietness and often in stillness, He reaches the depth of my heart and says it is time to restore and renew the closeness of our fellowship. The old hymn says, ”…and He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share, as I tarry there is like no other has known.” The amazing thing about renewing my walk with the Lord is that I always come away saying, “Why didn’t I do that sooner?”
There is in my office a cross-stitch, given to me several years ago, that reads: “If you don’t feel close to God, guess who moved” I usually find the Lord right where I left Him, not where He left me. It is a good reminder to keep the relationship up-to-date and not to wait until I find that I am going my way instead of His way. I will pray for you and for myself that in this season of church renewal and revival that we will all renew the “subscription” of close fellowship with the Lord.