For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “ In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isa 30:15a)

I had not seen them in at least 10 years. I had recently returned to Maryland after eight years in Pennsylvania, and a lot had changed in my life. The years spent sharing an apartment with these two women seemed almost like another life. Still I was happy when Tarsha reached out to Al and I and suggested we meet for dinner to reconnect and catch up. I don’t know about either of them, but for me 2009 was a year of reconnecting and reestablishing old relationships so this meeting was just par for the course and I was excited about seeing them again.

When we finally found the place where we were meeting, we barely got out of the parking lot and to our seats before we were all talking at the same time! Just like old times - we all had so much to say and not enough time to say it. You would think we had never been apart the way we fell right back into step with our old relationship. I suppose there is a level of comfortability that never goes away once you have seen (or been seen by) someone in their underwear… just a thought. Things had not changed, Al was still the dramatic one keeping us on the edge of our seats with her stories and Tarsha was still the observant and cautious one choosing her words carefully. At one point Al and Tarsha, who frequently butted heads in the past, both wanted the same menu and without thinking I found an extra one and gave them each one. We all had to laugh because I was still the peace keeper after all these years.

This morning I got to work extra early so I decided to spend some time in the Word. I have not been able to do that lately, or maybe I just have not taken the time, either way it was really good. Perhaps I am the only one who struggles with the awkwardness that results from time spent *away from Jesus - wondering what returning will be like; dealing with the initial shyness in approaching him. Still I come because I know that is where my answers, my healing, my deliverance and my peace lie. Without fail, he forgives me. Each and every time He welcomes me back to pick up right where I left off. Each and every time we fall right back into the comfortable conversation we have always shared. Each and every time we slip back into our respective roles - Creator and the created, Savior and the saved, Master and the servant, Shepherd and the sheep, Lover and the beloved.

Although reconnecting with my former roomies was a joyous occasion, nothing compares to the joy of reconnecting with Jesus. In those few quiet moments this morning I was reminded of things about Jesus’ character and his nature and it was so good. I encourage you today, if you feel like it has been a while since you and Jesus really connected on an intimate level, that you arrange a get together to reconnect with him. You will be so glad you did.

Be blessed!

* - I use this term even though we can never truly be away from him.Psalm 139:7