Remember the understood you?
That parenthetical, unwritten word reigns supreme here in my house, and not just when we’re diagramming sentences. When I say, “Stop!” TD knows just who I’m talking about. He stops lapping up his milk like Oscar or hopping down the stairs or doing whatever it is he shouldn’t. If I say, “Take out the trash,” everyone looks at Think Tank. They know it’s his job (even though he tries to forget). “You” will moan after dinner because she knows it’s her dish week. If I say, “Outside!” Oscar runs for the door.
When Hubby lectures about leaving the basement refrigerator door open, the first thing a little person says is “It wasn’t me!” or “I didn’t do it.” Hubby’s response? “Then I wasn’t talking to you.” On the other hand, I can call Maven by every name but hers—and you know I’ve got seven to choose from, eight including the dog (believe me, I’ve done it)—but she knows exactly who I’m talking to.
Get the picture? It’s understood.
Now, there’s another teeny word that’s understood around here, and it’s now. I’ve told the little people when I say something, assume there’s a “now” in parentheses. In other words, “Sit down (now),” “Do your work (now),” “Stop running! (now),” “Turn off the television (now).” That “now” means immediately or as soon as possible—not after the episode goes off or when you finish playing Clash of Clans or after you’ve hit Lone Ranger. Who knows, maybe there’s a truck barreling down on you? Again, it’s understood.
But we’re all somebody’s child. He has something for us all to understand.
When our Heavenly Father laid out the Ten Commandments “you” is often understood: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy…Honor your father and your mother…” In Joshua 1:9 He says, “Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Matthew 7:1, 7 reads, “Judge not, that you be not judged…Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” First Thessalonians 5:16-22 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”
Just who is God talking to? Sometimes I pretend He’s talking to somebody else. It’s hard to love my neighbor as I love myself, to forgive, to be a doer of the Word when it’s easier just to hear it… but I know He’s not just directing His commands to the Pharisees, the unbelievers, the Jews, the people of that time, or them. He’s talking to “you.” He’s talking to me.
And He means now. That’s something that’s also understood—at the present time or without any further delay. God is the God of now. Each minute for Him is now, whether it was yesterday, today, or tomorrow, because He is always.
Just like q and u, now and you go together. As a believer, you may find it hard to see yourself in this world; sometimes I struggle to see myself in my own home. But I hope you see “you” in His Word, because He’s talking to you—me—us. And know that the time is now, not later. We’d better all understand that when He says in Revelation 22:7, “Behold, I am coming quickly,” He means “you…now.”
“Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—the sure mercies of David.” (Isaiah 55:3)