For those that have chosen to follow along over the last 40 days, it's been my hope and prayer that you've drawn closer to Jesus. As much as I myself have enjoyed writing and have certainly enjoyed the writing of those on the team, I realize that it's only through the Holy Spirit's work in our individual hearts that we are able to be drawn closer towards God desire for our lives. The words you've read over the last 40 days of devotionals are merely words, without the prompting of the Spirit of God they surely fall short and serve no purpose for our lives.
My encouragement to you on this final day of the "40 Days Towards Jesus" journey is to not stop. Perhaps you feel as though God has given you some new revelation or challenged you in some area where you've often struggled. He's done this because you've given Him opportunity to do so. It's not that He's not capable of getting through our thick skulls without our permission or willingness but because of His love for us and His desire to have relationship with us He often chooses to stay side-lined until we are ready. After all, that's the very nature of a healthy relationship. Two parties, ready and willing to enter into something deeper. God has made clear from the beginning that He has already chosen us as His own. John 15:16 says, "You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit..." God made His desire for us abundantly clear when He sent Jesus to walk among us and to die as the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be made right with Him. God's love for humanity is no secret.
Perhaps over these last 40 days you have allowed your heart to be somewhat more receptive to God's advances. Often our hearts become more reflective around times like Easter and Christmas. Maybe it's tradition or us falling into the current of endless social media post regarding the power of Easter and the hope that the resurrected Jesus brings. Regardless, He longs to continue what's been started.
Maybe for you this on again, off again relationship was started long ago, you've gone through many seasons of waning and waxing love and intimacy with God. Maybe for you, it's a more recent development, nevertheless God desires that the relationship continue. He won't force it, that defeats His greatest desire, for you to willingly enter in to something deeper with Him but He will be waiting. He'll be waiting to meet you.
I'm reminded of the old hymn entitled, "In the Garden" or "I Come to Garden Alone". Originally written by American song writer, C. Austin Miles in 1912 it has since been recorded by countless artists including Johnny Cash, Rosemary Clooney, Elvis Presley and Roy Rogers. While I'm confident that every version is unique and powerful in its own right I am partial to the Merle Haggard rendition for its' simplicity.