I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
I remember as a child how I would get up before anyone else was awake. I would run downstairs and lift the curtains just to look out for our neighbour who had the most beautiful Alsatian dog. They would go out very early each day to the local park and on their way home, they would pass directly by our house. Each day as they walked by, my neighbour would stop for a few seconds just so I could see the dog, whose name was George by the way. Often, I could hardly sleep. Excited about seeing George in the morning and just spending those few moments looking at him and him barking at me, saying hello style, would be the highlight of my day. I think just the anticipation of waiting for him to come by was more difficult to handle.
In the verse from Proverbs there are two words which speak to me clearly about how and why we should spend time with God. We are to, seek, God, and for it to be done, early.
In the story above it wasn’t my alarm clock that woke me up and encouraged me to get up it was the excitement of seeing something that was very meaningful to me and it engaged my thoughts and attention. The word, early, in this passage has that same flavour. It’s not about the hour of the day so much as it is about the desire to get up and do the things that occupy our heart. In this case its seeking God. This is where these two words work together. If the desire is there then we will seek to be with Him when we can, at the earliest opportunity. Whether that is either in the morning, afternoon or at any other time. This is the heart that God is seeking to share with, our desire to be with him comes out of our love for him not out of some sort of timetable set by personal time limitations.
None of us want to be in relationships where we sense that the other person, ‘fits us in’, to their timetable. That kind of relationship has poor quality and no depth and gives birth to all sorts of side-effects such as insecurity, sense of rejection and dissatisfaction.
I am sure that this is not the kind of relationship that you want with God either. However; to enjoy Him we have to spend time with him: in his word, sitting meditating on Jesus and what he has done and is doing, fellowshipping with him and other members of his body and maybe just enjoying the space he has given us to live in. Try not to be so enthralled with the destination so as to miss the joy of the journey.
Steve Howell: born in Birmingham, (ever so long ago), now in Weston super Mare. Walked with God 46 years.