Over the summer I stayed with Ben’s parents, Ben and I found our dating spot: Sal’s, a pizzeria close to his church in Elizabethtown.

Sal’s had the best pizza.  The best burgers.  The best Caesar salad.  And the best dessert pizza.  And all of it was made better because I was with Ben.

We’d pick a booth and crowd in together on one side.  Or, for serious conversations, we’d sit across from each other.  We spent hours in Sal’s talking and talking and talking.

I miss Sal’s.  The laughter and the closeness we shared there make me long to go back.

Do you have a Sal’s where you go to be with God?  God isn’t a mystical force or a leaf in nature.  God is a very real Person, not in the sense that He is a human (although Jesus is), but in the sense that He feels, He thinks, and He acts.

It might be hard to think of a friendship with God.  But the Bible tells us, when we receive Christ in our lives, the Holy Spirit lives within us as a gift.  Anywhere we are, anytime, we can talk with Him more personally than we can even our closest friend.

If you’ve been a believer for a long time, it’s possible you’ve forgotten just how special this communion is.  Although we can and should go to God any time of the day, it’s important to have a special Sal’s planned to be with Him too.

For you, it might look like 7 o’clock in the morning over coffee.  Or, it might look like 7 o’clock at night after dinner.  Your Sal’s might be your bedroom, living room, patio, the subway, or your office over lunch break.

Why have a Sal’s?  It’s a matter of the heart.

“Devotional time” when you read God’s Word and pray to Him and listen for His leading isn’t about a check box or a task on your to-do list.  It’s a time to get together with God and show Him how special He is to you.  And you need this time–desperately.

Can you imagine dating someone once a year to get to know them?  Or marrying someone and facebooking them every couple months?  Relationships deepen with time.

Since we ache to be around sinners like us who we love, how much more should we ache to be around God who is perfect and who has imparted His perfection on us at the cross!  God was willing to die for us–how heartbreaking it must be for Him when we don’t make a Sal’s for Him to be an honored part of our lives.

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.” (Psalm 27:8, NLT)

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