As the mother hurriedly turned to leave, the little girl cried out, “Mommy! Mommy!” the mother turned quickly and said irritably, “What?”
The little girl’s reply: “I didn’t get to kiss you!”
Many times we rush around, leaving no time for God. In one way or another we are reminded, “I didn’t get to kiss you!” or “I didn’t receive any sign of affection from you, and you didn’t give me a chance to love you, either!”
The message I got that day as I watched that scene played out is that I needed to allow God more time in my life. There have been so many days when I rushed
around, never pausing long enough for God to kiss me. I was convicted of that on that morning, but there have been many times since then that I have returned to that scene in the hallway of the daycare center, and asked God to forgive me.
I'm reminded of another scene, this one in a parable Jesus told. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him" (Luke 15:20, NIV).
His response has always been to joyfully run to me, as the father ran to his prodigal son, and plant eager and forgiving kisses on me.
He will do the same for you, too.
--Rocky Henriques, www.uticabc.com