I went to visit a parishioner today. She’s an old lady, stuck at home, and she’s really hard to visit! It’s not that she isn’t there, but her hearing is so bad that there’s no point going unless I can make contact with a family member first and visit together. Today I called the family member, discovered that he was already there, and thought, Good! I’ll pop over now!
Unfortunately, when I got there, there was no sign of his car, or my old lady. Maybe he had taken her out. I peered through the window to her favourite chair – it was empty.
The last few times I have tried to visit her, similar things have happened, and it can take many days to make contact. I thought, what’s the point, I may as well give up.
Then I heard a little nudge in my spirit – “I didn’t give up on you”.
“Okay Lord, I get the message…”
God never gives up on us, no matter where we go, how far away, how deaf we are to his gentle voice. Just as I can’t break into the old lady’s house, God doesn’t force himself on our notice. Now this lady’s house has a spare key in a box by the door, but she hasn’t given me the code number. There is a way in, but our relationship is not yet such that she trusts me with that.
However, God not only leaves spare keys all over the universe, but there is no code number. We just have to notice them! There are so many ways he’s trying to get our attention – spring flowers, colours in the sky, the hug of a child, words from people who already know him, the list goes on. There’s even a book about how God didn’t give up on a very stubborn bunch of people, and it applies to us today too.
If you feel that God has given up on you, ask again – God, are you there? Do you really care? And be prepared to listen for God’s reassuring voice – it can come in the form of a person, a poem, a sunset, or this gorgeous Aurora Australis in the photo.
How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure! Click this link for this beautiful song.