REACHING UP                                                                                                                              Andy Hollifield 1-22-19

Lamentations 3:41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. (KJV)

Upon hearing my voice, a smile broke across his face and he ran to me with outstretched arms reaching up for Papaw to get him. After giving him a big squeeze, I continued talking to him. In a couple minutes, he leaned over toward me with his little mouth open trying to give me a kiss the best way a one-year-old knows how.

I know that scene plays out countless times in most peoples lives.  It started me thinking about how our heavenly Father  feels about us. I was anxious about just getting to see Sam. I was even more thrilled when he came to me like he did. I wonder how happy and excited the Lord gets when we come to him with our arms up to be lifted up into his arms. I would imagine one of his greatest joys is for his children to want to be embraced by him. When we greet him with a kiss, and a smile, and a hug, I am sure it melts his heart as Sam did mine.

Sam wasn’t expecting to receive anything nor did he want anything. He was reaching his arms up to be received by me. As a parent, there is no greater joy than for our child or grandchild to come running, wanting nothing but our love and embrace. At that moment, our world stops and that child has our undivided attention and love. I am thankful that we are made in our Father’s image and likeness. Just like us, he anxiously awaits for his children to run to him to be picked up and embraced and loved on. I wonder how we would be blessed if we went to him not for things or even answers, but just running joyfully to him and for his love reaching up.



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