2017-05-04 - Love That Doesn't Give Up
Originally Published 2011-07-20
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Question to Consider: How is God knocking on the door of your heart today? What will you do, in response to His knocking?
When my sister started dating the man who would eventually become her husband, he would bring his toddler-aged son with him to our house sometimes. I was away at college at the time, but often came home on the weekends. Whenever my future brother-in-law and his son were there during my visits, the little boy always seemed to be trying to get me to pay attention to him. He would bring me his toys and books, follow me around, try to climb in my lap, and so on.
I've never been much of a "kid person," so I didn't exactly respond to his efforts with enthusiasm. I would encourage him to go play with someone else or go to my room to avoid being "bothered," but he always pursued me. I couldn't really understand why. He didn't get much from me, as far as a warm response, and there were plenty of other people around who actually wanted to interact with him. He kept trying, though. Over time, my heart began to soften a little, but I was still pretty guarded and not very interested in developing a relationship with him. Visit after visit, he tried to engage me. Visit after visit, I gave him a half-hearted response.
Then, one weekend, I came home sick with a cold. The little guy was there with his Dad. I greeted them and then headed for my room, asking Mom if we had any tissues. A few minutes later, someone knocked on my door, and a little voice called out to me."I don't feel like dealing with him," I thought, and called to him to go find his Dad or my sister. He wouldn't go away, and kept banging on my door. Realizing he wouldn't give up, I went to see what he wanted. When I opened the door, he handed me a bunch of crumpled napkins. I realized that he'd brought me the closest thing he could find to tissues, and guessed they'd come from his diaper bag.
Mom came up the hall just then and I asked if she or my sister had asked him to bring them to me. She shook her head. "I thought you'd found some yourself," she said. That was it. My heart melted. I knelt down and gave my future nephew a big hug. "Thank you," I said. "That was so sweet of you to bring me some tissues." He nodded and smiled proudly.
I spent time with him, every chance I got after that. We'd play with Legos, roll a ball up and down our hallway, watch cartoons, color pictures, swing on the swing set, and whatever else he wanted to do. We had so much fun together! Over the next few months, he became like a best friend to me. Spending time with him always made me feel really loved and special. My college friends heard all about him, and I got excited about seeing him during visits home.
I'm very glad my nephew didn't give up on me. I'm glad he kept knocking that night, even though I was reluctant to open the door. What followed was a relationship more special than I could have imagined. I feel the same way about God. I am so glad He pursues us and loves us. The relationship we can have, if we let Him in, is more special than we can imagine. It is a relationship that gives us joy and love and closeness unlike any other relationship we'll ever have. God wants to be our closest Friend. Like my nephew, He keeps doing things to try and get our attention and to show us how interested He is in having a closer relationship with us. Oftentimes, we avoid Him out of uncertainty, preconceived ideas, or just because we're too distracted and busy. He doesn't give up, though. Like my nephew, he just keeps on pursuing and knocking, to remind us He is still there.
He does this because, like my nephew, he thinks each of us is so special and worth getting close to, and He longs to spend time with us. We may not understand this, but it is true just the same. He keeps reaching out and trying to draw us in, by sharing the beauty of His creation and blessing us, and He keeps coming back to knock on the door of our hearts.
Lord, thank You for knocking at the door of our hearts. Please help us to be willing to let You in. Thank You for loving us and wanting a relationship with us. Thank You for my nephew, who didn't give up on pursuing me, and for the reminder he is of God's love. In Jesus' Name, Amen.