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Reaching Up

Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.  Lamentations 3:41 KJV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Upon hearing my voice, a smile broke across his face.

My grandson ran to me with outstretched arms and reached up for Papaw to get him. After giving him a big squeeze, I talked to him. Within a few minutes, he leaned over toward me with his little mouth open, trying to give me a kiss the best way a one-year-old knows how.

I know that scene plays out countless times in most people's lives. But when I experienced it, I thought about how our heavenly Father feels about us. I was anxious about just getting to see Sam. I was even more thrilled when he came to me as he did.

I wonder how happy and excited the Lord gets when we come to Him with our arms up to be lifted into His arms. I imagine one of His greatest joys is for His children to want His embrace. When we greet Him with a kiss, a smile, and a hug, I am sure it melts His heart as Sam’s did mine.

Sam wasn't expecting to receive anything, nor did he want anything. He reached up for me to receive him. As a parent, there's no greater joy than for our child or grandchild to run to us, wanting nothing but our love and embrace. At that moment, our world stops, and that child has our undivided attention and love.

I'm thankful we are made in our Father's image and likeness. He anxiously waits for His children to run to Him to be picked up, embraced, and loved on. I wonder how blessed we would be if we went to Him, not for things or even answers, but just to experience joy and love.

Are you reaching up to the heavenly Father?

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Andy Hollifield

Andy Hollifield is a Baptist preacher, evangelist, former pastor, writer, blogger, and missionary. He has been in ministry since 1986. He is the founder and director of H.O.P.E. Ministries in Candler, NC. He, along with his wife and son, are heavily involved in various mission activities.