Falling short is a habit for humanity. For me included. I don’t always get it all done. I forget sometimes. I write lists and end up ignoring some stuff and putting off other stuff. I have the smart thing to say to my kids, but it comes out pretty stupid. I have big thoughts for my marriage one day that seem way too transparent the next. I am on top of my principles and then I fumble around with my time.
I run late – – twenty minutes to be exact, a whole lot of the time. I run late for church too. I walk into the end of the last song of worship. Or better yet, the prayer taking place while the music is fading. I don’t skip a beat and join in wherever I land, but late in any case. Running late for church feels like running late for God.
This past week, as service was coming to a close, there came one more song. And, I thought to myself, despite everything, God still plays one more song for us. We walk in late to our appointments with Him. We pick stupid times to talk to Him and end up drifting off in the middle of a conversation. We forget to read His book. We smear His name a multitude of times in our life. We fall off the really good life He planned for us. Even with our best intentions in place, we fall short.
God’s spirit, somehow, because of who He is, takes all of us into account, and comes out playing one more song. I imagine the size of His heart and it makes sense to me. I imagine the size of His heart and it feels powerfully possible to me, that no matter what, He always has a song for us.