“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”
Have you ever had that “awe ha” moment. The moment you realize something and it slaps you so hard that it almost takes your breath away. Well I just celebrated my 30th birthday and actually that in itself was not that “awe ha” moment. I am comfortable in my skin and with my age so that part did not bother me. However it was another moment relating to my birthday that grabbed my heart. It was not until I was sitting in church that God in a quite moment between worship grabbed my attention. I felt him say “You call me father and friend, you call upon me in the time of need, I am with you daily, but I was not invited to your party.” At that moment all I could say with a deer in the head like look was, “God you are so right and I am so embarrassed and sorry.”
See friends, I did not know about my party as it was a wonderful surprise thrown for me from my amazing husband who had help from my parents and one of my best friends. With all my friends being present (both believers and non-believers) I had the opportunity and honor to invite my Jesus to celebrate with us and I did not. We did not say grace before we ate the great food prepared. I even gave a speech and thanked everyone for coming and for the gift of their friendship, but I didn’t even acknowledge my heavenly father. What was I thinking?
I had such a huge opportunity to witness through my actions but was to caught up in the moment. I had the opportunity to share what is most important to me through my everyday actions and did not take it. What really grabbed my attention, was that I had the opportunity to make my walk match my talk and I FAILED. However, I love my God and I believe in his grace and mercy and I know just like a best friend forgives, so does my amazing Heavenly Father. How many times do we forget to invite God into our daily actions? It does not matter if it is a birthday party, graduation, dinner with friends, God wants to be invited and should be invited.
Reflect today on how many times you might have forgotten to invite God to your party. I am sure once you reflect on this you will engrave a mental note that says, God will be my first guest of choice at EVERY party. I know that image has been in the forefront of my mind all week. I challenge you and will pray that you will invite God to every event. This week I have gotten up each morning and verbally said “God I invite you to be apart of my day” and friends what a great few days it has been.
Until Next Time,