You are precious and honored in my sight, and... I love you. Isaiah 43:4
She was waiting for her mom there in the drugstore, standing near the cash register with her eyes glued to the candy shelves. She was maybe 5 or 6. For that little girl, paradise was just a few feet and a few dimes away.
Different times, different things. When we are little we want our bottle. Grade school we want to only be with our friends. Teenagers want romance, and ... a car! Then we want a job, a home, a family. And a fulfilling life. Happiness. Security in a changing world. Retirement investments. Good health.
Throughout all our ages and stages we want a lot of different things. But God always wants the same thing. Us.
God created us for fellowship with Him. He relentlessly pursues us. We are restless in our spirits until we are in that personal relationship with Him. He won’t give up, and He won’t give in. He will continue to lovingly gaze upon you as if you, yourself, are those candy shelves.