Some people love dogs full stop. I quite like some, but I’m not over-partial to being personally investigated by a wet nose, or spending an hour cleaning muddy paw prints off my coat – from a dog I’ve not been introduced to! On the walkway near our house, where dog-walking abounds, I’ve found a neat trick that works. Don’t make eye contact with a dog if you don’t want their attention. Works with all but the youngest pups who have yet to learn social skills. Smile at their owner by all means, but don’t eyeball the mutt. They may be heading straight your way, but usually deflect if you don’t look at them. But one glance their way, and they are on to you!
God is just waiting for an opportunity to get in close to us. He longs to draw us into his loving arms, let us know him better, grow in our relationship with him. Just one look in his direction is all it takes, and he’s on to us! Moses had been walking with God quite a while. He’d seen many miracles as God had used him to extract the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt, cross the Red Sea, and then provide for them as they made their way through the harsh terrain on their way to the Promised Land. And as they came to Mount Sinai, “Moses went up to God”, (Exodus 19:1-3), “and then the Lord called to him.” Moses made the first move, but God didn’t miss a beat. God longs to spend time with us, share fellowship, talk with us; all we have to do is show him we are up for it.
God had an amazing offer to make Moses and his people; that step in God’s direction changed history. James 4:8 instructs “Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” God will never hold out on us, and in return he does want us to come to him with our whole hearts. Who knows what God has in store? We’ll never know unless we make that step towards him, unreservedly. What am I waiting for?