Something my pastor said this morning made me think. I wish I would have written it down. . .because I forgot what he said, exactly, but it was about our relationship with God. Something like when we neglect our relationship with God, we have problems.
I had read something like that in the past - relating to money. You know you are in trouble when you don't want to check your account balance, budget, etc.
I recognized it in myself. I normally check my bank account online at least every two days, most likely every day. Identity Theft Awareness, I suppose. Anyway, I know I'm having spending problems when I don't really . . .um. . .need to check it today. . .or tomorrow. . .or the next day. After avoiding it, I realize that I DO need to look at it because I need to figure out the mess that I made. And I do make myself.
It's funny how the main areas of life always coincide - like relationships. If I am avoiding someone, there is a problem. I ask myself if there is anything I need to apologize for. . . even if I thought I was right. It's amazing how an apology opens up hearts and conversations.
When I don't want to talk to God, it bothers me. I hate feeling far from God - especially because I know He is always near. But when I have sin in my life, it's easy to try to avoid Him. . .if I don't see Him, He doesn't see me, right? Yeah, right. Adam and Eve figured that one out pretty quickly. Good try, guys! Didn't work!
To sum everything up, if you are avoiding someone/thing, there is very likely something that has to be worked out. Pray and ask God to help you with it. He will. He wants you to be joyful. He doesn't wish for you to be bogged down with cares!