In the strangest places and in the twinkling of an eye, God does show to us his truths and encourages us with his insights. I had one of those “Aha” moments just last week. It happened on the basketball court. There was a timeout called by one of the coaches. I held the ball on the out-of-bounds line under the basket. When the time out would conclude in 30 seconds, the game would resume from that point. As I stood there, several of the home town cheerleaders gathered to perform a stunt—they would toss one girl way up in the air and catch her. It was successful as she “flew” high and landed without any glitch.
Several of the cheerleaders who were not involved in that stunt were seated together in the stands, about a dozen of them. The girl closest to the floor and the returning cheerleaders stood to her feet, raised her hand in triumph, and screamed her approval of what had just occurred. Then I saw it—a one second look into human nature. As the girl sat down she quickly sneaked a look at all of the other cheerleaders seated behind her. It was only a quick glance, but in her eyes it was so obvious that she was seeing if those around her approved of her actions. There was a moment in her mind and heart where she doubted if her raucous scream was appropriate and wanted desperately to know that those around her supported her. It only took a moment and having received the nods of acceptance, she sat again with assurance that she was still included.
I witnessed a microcosm of human behavior. This girl, in looking back, showed something that is part of all of us. We all want and need acceptance. It is our basic human makeup which drives us to seek the approval of others. And God quickly showed me that truth while no one else even noticed. I felt alone with God during that little time out.
Truth is, however, that we don’t always get the approval that we need so badly. People discount and disregard us and it hurts.
Thankfully, that never occurs with God. We need not worry, God is faithful and true. He loves us and never turns his back on us. He stands ready and willing to receive us in every situation. There is an old saying, “If you feel distance between you and God, it isn’t God who has moved.” Oh so true. Whenever we look to God, he is right there. Take a quick time out and check. You’ll see; he will never leave you or forsake you!