Thursday, February 18, 2010

More Than La La

Hebrews 4:15-16 "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

My sweet little boy Levi just turned two years old. His latest interest/obsession is Elmo, whom Levi lovingly refers to as "La La." If you know Elmo then you understand the name given him by this small follower.

In the morning, it's "La La." In the evening, it's "La La." Anytime is a good time for "La La." Whenever Levi is especially tired and cranky he cries, "La La, La La, La La..." until I turn on the tv and find Elmo. Then his cries are quieted and all is peace and bliss. While I realize this is a passing fancy and that Levi will not always be longing for La La to soothe him, I also know his very human heart will always long for a comforter.

Since I have a human heart also, I have to ask myself, "Who or what am I turning to for comfort?" When the day has been long and I am wearied, do I cry out, "Jesus, Jesus"? Or do I run to something else? Do I turn on the tv and just veg in hopes of relaxing or do I release my burdens to my high priest who is able to sympathize with my weaknesses?

What my soul really longs for is someone who understands and loves me even though I am weak and broken. I need the Comforter, One who speaks to my soul, One who ministers grace, and One who is bigger than me or my circumstances. I need a throne of grace.

Elmo doesn't love and understand Levi. Elmo can't minister grace or anything else. He doesn't even have a throne! Elmo is only a puppet with a lot of little fans, but maybe he is not that different from things that I go to for comfort. The things I may turn to (shopping, decorating, internet surfing) may offer a temporary escape, but they cannot offer mercy and grace in my time of need. They are just things and distractions from what I truly desire and what I really need.

So, how do I go about turning my own heart to what I know I need? Thomas a' Kempis said this, "If you fix the eyes of your soul on Him, in holy contemplation of His deep mysteries and wonders, the fire that is in Him will begin to purge your soul of its taste for the dead pulp of worldly things. It will create in you a taste for heavenly things."

May it be so in my life, Lord Jesus.

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