“Come” is the most recent command my son is learning. With four dogs in the house, he’s grown accustomed to hearing it regularly. He’s more liberal in using the command than obeying it. Of course, the dogs don’t understand him but it doesn’t minimize his urgency.
The beauty is when I don’t demand that he draw near is exactly when I’ll find him cuddling up next to me as I am reading. Throughout the day he’ll randomly wraps his little arms around my neck or grab a finger to reassure that I’m here and not going anywhere. These fleeting moments in my day render me speechless.
Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” What I love most about the cuddles with my son is that they’re unprompted. I’m in his presence and he’ll just initiate the hug, the finger grab, the face hold.
Why then is it so hard for me to take the same unabashed approach with My Father? He is always present. He desires to give me the rest that I so long for though seem to search for everywhere else.
As my son reaches for me today, may I be reminded to seek comfort and peace from My Father.