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 will dine with him, and he with Me. - Revelation 3:20
This is one my best friends, Meet Susan.
We met nine years ago when she and her husband moved from Graham to Arlington, Texas. Her husband was called to be a pastor at the church that my husband and I were attending. Several months later, our senior pastor stepped down and months after that, Jimmy became our new senior pastor (best day EVER)
When I first met Susan, I instantly loved and adored her…I still do. The more we got to know each other at church, the more I wanted to hang out outside of church. We started going out for lunches and shopping. We started texting each other almost every day, and eventually we were friends enough to have deep conversations that go way beyond small talk……I hate small talk. Sue and I have developed such a deep friendship that I am grateful for every single day.
The hardest thing about moving from Arlington to Dallas was leaving her….without a doubt.
I knew that time with her would be limited when I moved. Sometimes, we go months without seeing each other.
Every so often, I send her a text that looks something like this: Hey! Um, we kinda need to see each other STAT. Sue will text me back and we either pick a date in the near future or things happen and we have to wait a little while longer. Life happens. I completely understand as I have been quite insanely busy with my treatments every weekday.
Any chance I can get to be with Susan and Jimmy…..I want it. I crave it. I feel refreshed and restored after our time together. When it gets to be a long time since we have seen each other, I crave more and more for it. Some days I feel empty without them.
Now about this verse in Revelation.
This is a plea from Jesus to us to spend time with him. Isn’t that amazing? The Son of the Living God wants to be with us, He craves spending time with us. We were created to worship and crave Jesus. In this verse, He is telling the people in the church of Laodicea, and I believe that he is also telling us, that He is waiting for us to welcome Him into our lives. He is patiently waiting for us to allow Him to be Lord of our lives and for us to allow Him to transform us.
He is waiting on us. He is pleading with us. He is craving a relationship with us.
This Holy Week as we reflect on the incredible sacrifice on the cross that took away all of our sins. Let us crave Jesus more than anything that this world can offer, even time with your best friend.
Don’t forget that He loves you and so do I,
Published by Shelley Olsen