Last night at my Bible Study group, someone mentioned the best image she has of Jesus. It is the image of Jesus sitting on her couch every day, just waiting & watching, longing for that time where they can sit & talk together.
It made our leader, Bridget, think of a story from the book "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" - she found the book & read it. This isn't exact, but the heart of the story.
A woman went into her drawing room & noticed Jesus sitting there. She asked why he was there & he said he wanted to take the time to talk with her. She would come every day & sit & talk & they would pull out the Bible & he would share insights about the stories in the Bibles that she never realized where there. She would be able to tell him anything & find comfort in his reactions & thoroughly enjoyed every minute she spent with him. She looked forward to the times they had together, alone in this room.
Life got hectic & she soon would miss one day, then another & she just had a hard time getting back to the room for her time with Jesus. Then one day, she noticed the door was open a little bit & there was a fireplace roaring. She looked in & saw Jesus was still sitting there in a chair just looking in the fire. She asked him if he had been there this whole time waiting on her. He assured her that he was there, sitting & waiting. She felt horrible & asked for his forgiveness for neglecting him. He sincerely forgave her & asked her to come sit so they could talk again. He then told her that he wasn't there just for her - he was there for himself as well.
The point of the story showing that Jesus died for us to have fellowship with us - its that important to him. Important enough to lay down his life! We think we need to read the Bible, or study, or pray for our own benefit - but have we ever sat & thought about Jesus wanting to communicate with us?
Is Jesus still waiting on you to talk to him?