Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Year 4-Day 13- Return to Me

Year 4-Day 13: I am grateful for a God who calls "Return to me". 

The words "Return to me" will always remind me of Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour's 1980 movie "Somewhere In Time". It is a favorite at our house for several reasons. I love the story and Randy loves the location. It was filmed on Mackinac Island.  Near the beginning of the movie Jane Seymour plays an elderly woman. She places a pocket watch in a young Christopher Reeves hand and simply says "Return to me.". His quest begins to do just that. Time travel, beautiful costumes and Mackinac Island as a backdrop.

At the beginning of our love story, Randy introduced me to the wonder of Michigan. He was born there and it will always hold a piece of his heart. Of course, his corner of it was Traverse City.  We used to joke that God vacations there. In the summer, it offers cool air, fresh waters and sunshine...and it is a short drive to the Upper Peninsula...and Mackinac Island. 

We visited Mackinac Island with family the day after we were engaged. We returned for our honeymoon.  The island cries "return to me" - especially if you spend any time off the beaten path- exploring the quieter parts of the island. It holds history, mystery and more... and there is fudge! 

I found this scripture this morning: 

I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you. Isaiah 44:22 

There is something about the image of a cloud and a mist that carry a sense of wonder.  Effervescent...yet they can certainly cover us. His grace holds such wonder. His redemption plan is complicated when you look at how he brings it together in His perfect time, place and full of significance as prophecy after prophecy is fulfilled.  Yet, the plan is so very simple. Believe, receive and live! 

The God of the universe has a timeless love for us that cries "return to me, for I have redeemed you." He waits. He longs for the reunion. This passage embraces it all. It is the greatest love story every told.  Our chapters are still being written, as we have choice in the outcome. Each one of us must make our own choice. 

Pick up that old movie and snuggle in for the show (it is 1980 so give it some grace in evaluating). When you hear the words "return to me"...and feel yourself swept way by the romance...remember that you have a God who loves you beyond what your mind can truly fathom. Someday, we will understand it more clearly...if we return to Him.

 I am grateful for a God who calls "Return to me".