This is Bailey. She was adopted into our family six years ago. She was our first kid. Our doghter. I don’t know that I would call her a “daddy’s girl,” but let’s just say she knows who in this family has spoiled her the most. She knows that she is loved.
But while she knows she is loved, she also has this odd thing she’ll sometimes do with me. I’ll squat down and call her over to me. But instead of coming right up underneath me, she’ll cower down, waggling tail and all, just at arms-length away. She knows she isn’t in trouble. In many ways, it appears to be a sign of respect. But I don’t want her to stay barely within my reach! I want her to come as near to me as she possibly can so I can show her affection!
As weird as it may sound, I wonder if this is also a picture of how we sometimes approach God in worship. We have this awe and reverence for Him, so we come near, but not too close. But I wonder if our heavenly Father sometimes just wants us to rest against Him and enjoy His presence. Not just at a distance.
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” Hebrews 10:19-22a (TNIV)