“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” (John 14:7)
God knows that it takes time to get to know Him. The disciples demonstrated that reality for us in the gospels; they often found it difficult to “get” Jesus. But they stuck with Him, and over time they got to know Him.
Relationships Take More Than Time
Time isn’t the most essential element needed for a relationship to grow, though. We can spend years “following” Jesus, but if we don’t pay attention to Him, we’ll only have a superficial knowledge of Him.
ATTENTION. It’s how we make the most of the time we have with someone.
God pays attention to us. And He is constantly watching and listening for opportunities to catch our attention. Why? Because He longs to be known.
He doesn’t make it complicated. He uses the simplest things in life.
That tiny blue flower, the forget-me-not. God has spoken myriad wonders through it in every season for the past 15 years. All have brought utter delight to my soul because they’ve drawn me into direct personal contact with my Father, the God of the universe!
Do you ever take notice of the magnificent star-studded sky on a clear night? Have you ever considered how God might want to speak to you through it? For instance, He might be saying…
“Do you remember My conversation with Abraham about stars? I’ve kept My promises to him; I’ll keep My promises to you, too.” Or…
“I placed every one one of those stars right where they should be to do exactly what I created them to do. I will give that kind of order and beauty to your life, too.” Or…
“Thank you for noticing My creation and responding with such awe. That makes Me happy.”
RESPONDING. It’s how we nurture a real, growing relationship with someone.
Jesus’ disciples didn’t merely observe; they responded. Sometimes their responses were way off course and needed to be corrected. Often they came back with questions; they let Him know that He was difficult to understand. Real relationship, that’s how they grew to know God through Jesus being in their lives. (And it kept growing after He left them, but that’s another post.)
God spoke through an unassuming little blue flower to take me on a journey from knowing about Him to knowing Him. It brought complete unexpected joy and excitement to me along the way. And it didn’t stop with learning to know God, it grew into a true love relationship with Him.
How is He trying to catch your attention on this journey? Don’t Miss Him!
Look. Listen. Give Attention. Respond.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.