Often times I have this picture in my mind of God as this stern, strong-handed authority figure looking down on me whilst glowering. I sometimes see him as someone who judges me unfairly; someone who’s busy thinking of all the things I need to fix, someone who doesn’t like me because he sees the pain I cause.
And then I read something like this:
18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
– Isaiah 1:18 (ESV)
Reason together? Does God do that?
It’s funny cause I find myself feeling that way about my 3 year old at times… ‘come on honey, come sit down and let’s talk this through’.
For some reason it is a hard concept for my heart to understand. This all knowing, all powerful, mysterious and surprising God actually has the time, the patience and the wisdom to sit down and reason with me.
I have this picture in my mind of me and God sitting down together next to one another-him being animated- using his hands, lifting his eyebrows, his voice raising and lowering in excitement as he talks and me just soaking in his words while the smell of his breath wafts over me as he’s talking.
It’s one thing to know in my mind that God loves me, God wants me to talk to him, and God wants to talk to me, but it’s another thing to truly feel loved, and valuable- valuable enough that he would want to sit down and reason with me.
I am valuable to God. He thinks I am worth his time and energy. How bout that.