Asher greets every person that comes to the door of my parents’ house with the wagging of his tail. Sometimes his whole body gets involved in the wagging. If you’re in his immediate family, he sneezes at you until you pet him. When you and I try a false sneeze, it sounds fake. Asher’s sneeze always sounds sincere. Sometimes he’s so happy to see us that he cries when we enter the house. Asher makes sure you know how happy he is to see you and that your presence is important to him.

He also has a sixth sense that knows when you’re leaving, and if he ever hears the word, “go” he will follow you around the house until you take him with you wherever you’re going. Riding in the car is one of his favorite things to do. More than anything though, Asher just wants to spend time with people, especially his mom. When she’s home, he will pursue her through every room, wanting to be a part of all her daily activities.

Did you know God feels that way about you? He wants to spend time with you. The entire story of the Bible can be characterized as God coming to be with us that we might learn to be open to and welcome His nearness in all our living. This is the way He offers His grace and empowers us to live a new life.

James 4:8 says, “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 desires to hear and listen to you everyday. He can become more than a best friend. We can strive to be in the presence of God through prayer, worship, and reading His Word. When you’re lonely, sad, or even happy, God invites you to come into His presence. Make an effort to come close to God this week as James reminds us in the verse above. The world has very little to offer compared to knowing and being known by the loving God of the universe.