Because I like words, I usually try to categorize the sermons and messages I hear as one form or another of written communication. My mental filing cabinet includes drawers for love letters (aah), instruction manuals (hmmm), warrants and summonses (gulp), DIY guides (aha), deeds and certificates (yeah), and glossy adventure brochures (wow), depending on the nature and style of the content.
This is a tweet from God. It’s short, but intended to interrupt. You may want to actually send it as a text message to yourself later today, or even repeatedly over the next few days. An email message would work if you don’t do the SMS thing. You could even scribble it on a Post It note and slap it on top of your stack of papers, if you are really old school.
Here goes: (Your name), where are you? God 🙂
That’s all. You just need to know that this is an invitation, not an indictment. It says, “Come on” kindly, not “Come here!” coldly.
You may recognize the words from Genesis 3:9. Adam and Eve have raided the off-limits produce section in the Garden of Eden supermarket, and gone underground. They think they are in hiding.
But God the Father is not saying to Jesus and the Holy Spirit, “Do you know where those little ones went? They sure are quick for their size, aren’t they?” Hebrews 4:13 reminds us that nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. So why does He ask them where they are, when He already knows?
Because even in their fallenness He loves them and extends dignity, giving them space to respond rather than forcing them into a corner. The question comes from a Father missing His children. He stoops and holds out His arms, rather than bending from the waist and wagging His finger.
That’s His tweet to you today, wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Feeling good, feeling bad, feeling somewhere in between. He knows where you are, He knows how you are feeling, and He gives you room to respond. He just wants to remind you that He is here to walk with you.