“My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming’ (Psalm 27:8, NLT).

Is God distant and aloof? Some think so, or at least tell themselves he is so they can justify keeping their distance. Just like the Israelites who told Moses not to let God come too close to them, many, including Christians, are a bit uncomfortable with a God who knows all about them and might start meddling in their affairs.

God does want to be involved in our lives but not because he wants to control us or keep us from having fun. He wants to be in relationship with us, just as Father, Son and Spirit are in relationship. It’s about knowing each other intimately, sharing the joyful moments as well as the sad and growing in love and grace. God is a friend who has given us a standing invitation—whose door is always open, who always has a fresh pot of coffee (or tea in my case) and some nice chocolate and is ready to sit down and chat.