Psalm 24:6 – This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. (KJV)
What a thrill it is to accompany our children those first years of school, to wait outside with them until the bell rings, and, often, to help out in the classroom. The thrill is again granted with our grandchildren, and so it was for me.
Now they are in the middle of grades 1 and 3. One day, having not had the opportunity to take them to school for months, I happily bounded out of the car and walked alongside them on the sidewalk. As we approached the three steps to the play yard and school, they said a cheerful goodbye. I assured them that I didn't have to run off, as I had lots of time.
In turn, they said it was okay to leave them and that their parents always do, because they need to get to work. "Oh, but I don't have anywhere pressing to go," I replied, as the oldest one was slowly backing away and the youngest had a rather scrunched-up, sheepish look on her face.
Finally it twigged: "Oh, now I get it!" This is the age when they start to pull back, seeking their way on their own with their peers and teachers. It doesn't mean that they love us any less. They need for a time to seek and establish themselves, to find where they fit in amongst family, school, and friends. It is in these times that we need to not be offended, to reassure them that we understand, and to keep the lines of love and communication open and working.
Sometimes, it is like that on our spiritual journey. Because of difficult circumstances, we may pull away from our regular church, trying others and/or other forms of connecting, such as services via television, radio, or the Internet, to stay connected to God in our search for where we feel we fit in. This is when it is extremely important to know that God understands, and that it is not He from whom we are withdrawing, but from that which is representing Him. So too, it is important that we keep our love and lines of communication open with Him through reading His Word, strengthened with prayer.
Prayer: Our Father in heaven, be with us when we become discouraged or disillusioned with things within the workings of a church. Hear us when we pray; strengthen our bond with You; keep us on the path of holiness; and guide us to where You want us to be. In Your name, we pray and give thanks for this day. Amen.