“…who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 30:21
Little green men don’t intrigue me. News of an unidentified flying object doesn’t worry me. It only reminds me of the fantasy show, Star Trek. I guess I never really believed in someone coming to invade earth from outer space. Sorry, Trekkie fans!
One day I drove into town on my lunch hour. When I entered the post office, I knew I would not just run in and out quickly; there were four people ahead of me. So I waited. I sighed. I rocked on my heels and hummed a tune. It did no good. I still had to wait.
Then, I sensed someone getting in line behind me. Sometimes I turn and nod at the next one, but I didn’t. I had my mind on whether or not I had time to fill my car with gas.
The man who got in line edged a little closer, and closer. Sir, you won’t get stamps any faster by crowding me, I thought. I ignored him and inched closer to the person ahead of me. I was feeling uncomfortable as the man took another half-step forward.
A voice said, “Am I invading your personal space, Phyllis?”
Startled, I turned to see Jerry, a co-worker. He smiled and said, “I was just testing you. Most people react if their space is invaded.”
I realize I do have a two-to-three-foot invisible space around me that is a no standing zone. I would rather someone talk to me from that distance. Otherwise, I feel they are infringing on my personal space. Now my husband, children, or grandchildren can come closer. It has to do with relationship.
We’ll never have a problem if we do space invasion to move close to God. He would say, “Come closer.” He doesn’t mind. When we get closer, we feel His warm and loving embrace. Then we’re close enough to hear his voice and feel His comfort.
Wouldn’t you like to do your own space invasion by snuggling up close to Him? Lay your head in His lap and talk to Him. If we move near to Him, He will move closer to us.
It’s all about relationship.
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A freelance writer, Phyllis Qualls Freeman has more than four hundred published devotionals and human interest stories, including; Secret Place, Upper Room, Knoxville News-Sentinel and writes for three publishing houses on assignment. Phyllis is the prayer leader for Christian Devotions. She teaches classes on emotional healing and speaks at ladies’ meetings and conferences on these issues. Pqfreeman40@yahoo.com.