40 Days to Lasting Change Day 2
Where Are You?
But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9
Have you ever been lost or disoriented in a mall or maybe an amusement park? You may have known where you were trying to go, but unless you knew where you were starting from, it was impossible to figure out how to get there. When you walked up to the giant map, the first thing you looked for was not your future destination but your current location. Your eyes scanned the map looking for that familiar “You Are Here” symbol. AHA begins with recognizing your current location. In one area or another, all of us are in the Distant Country. “Where are you?” God still asks us today. It’s a rhetorical question from Him. But it’s an invitation filled with longing. It’s a plea filled with all the love and expectation and acceptance of the Prodigal Son’s Father. It’s an open invitation to return home. (Idleman, Kyle. 40 Days to Lasting Change: An AHA Challenge (pp 25 & 29). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.)
Today I’m encouraged to be honest with where I am. That sounds so simple and yet it’s one of the hardest things to figure out sometimes without God opening our eyes to see. Where am I relationally, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and so on? We turn our attention to the why rather than the where, as if the why holds the truth I need at this moment. But unless I know where I am with God, myself, my life, my work, and others then how can I answer the question why? Once again God comes walking through the garden asking Adam and Eve, “Where are you?” After I know where I am I can begin to think about why I am where I am. Isn’t it great that God wants me to know where before He asks why? He loves me. He wants to come to where I am and then we, together, can work out the why. The prodigal son’s father wants him to know where he before he knows anything else. He’s home and right now that’s all that matters. And the Father is happy to take his son in his arms and make him know that he is home. I can work out the whys once I know where I am personally, relationally, spiritually, financially, and so on. It’s an amazing journey this walk with Jesus.