Growing up, I lived across the street from the only convertible on the block. A 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass. We would all drool when it rolled by. With the top down and a throaty rumble from the tailpipe.
We all told each other we were going to have a car just like that. Someday.
Except for Rick. To him, the Cutlass was no big deal. It was something he saw every day. For him, it was just his dad’s car.
That can happen with things we see all the time. No matter how amazing they actually are, it’s easy to lose sight of their true value. And take them for granted. When they become part of our every day.
It’s a particular danger with God. That we’ll get so used to God being there, that we take it for granted that he’ll always be that close.
And not notice how much distance we’ve put between ourselves and God.
Which is why it’s so important every so often to just stop. To deliberately take a moment and appreciate exactly who God is. And how much He loves you.
When you do, don’t forget to measure the distance between you and God. In case you need to take a step back. Or two.
He’ll be waiting for you with open arms.