As popular sentiment often expresses, we can be our own worst enemy. This is true for all of us whether we are Christian or not. This sentiment lies resident in our inclination to doubt ourselves, to unnecessarily fret or worry over issues beyond our control and as the saying goes to “make a mountain out of a molehill”. Unfortunately for many, this is normal behavior and it is a behavior that dramatically affects our ability to realize our potential. In the spiritual arena this behavior often results in our allowing these inclinations to block our relationship with God.
Many of us have had or currently have a wonderful relationship with our earthly fathers but there are many others who have not had that opportunity. For the latter, perhaps the relationship was blocked by premature death or perhaps divorce in a situation where the mother of a child has inappropriately interfered with her child’s relationship with the child’s father. For that child, or for the father, there may never be a future opportunity to explore and build a relationship with the result that the opportunity itself is lost forever.
As Christians, we should spend our lives getting to know our Heavenly Father. If we are having difficulty making the connection then we need to ask ourselves “Who or what has come between the Father and me?” We may desire to draw closer to God but we can easily allow people, or things or situations to block our relationship with the Father. There can be no doubt that God wants a relationship with each of us. God wants us to begin that process by learning to rely on His providence. He doesn’t want us to be consumed by worry. He wants us to rely on Him and He wants us to know that He knows what we need. For that reason He encourages us to immerse ourselves in “kingdom life”, a life we have been called to by virtue of our baptism.
“Set your hearts on His kingdom first, and on God’s saving justice, and all these other things will be given you as well”: [Mathew 6: 33].
God wants us to rely on Him.
“Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden is light”: [Matthew: 11: 28].
Our Heavenly Father waits patiently for each of us to draw close to Him.
“The nearer you go to God, the nearer God will come to you” [James 4:8].
The ultimate choice has to be made by each of us. We can allow other people, things or situations to keep us from the relationship with our Father that we were meant to have or we can begin to draw near to the Father who welcomed back the Prodigal Son with overwhelming love and compassion. God longs for each of us to spend time with Him and if we move in His direction he’ll welcome us with open arms as we begin to experience the level of security and love that only God can give. In a very real sense, seeking the Father absorbs us into an immense love that is to last for all eternity.