He Welcomes Us

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28

Albert Einstein fled from Hitler's Germany in the 1930s, and he came and immigrated to America and bought a home, a little two-story house with green shutters, in Princeton, New Jersey. He lectured some at Princeton and, of course, was involved in all kinds of things all over this country and all around the world.  Many times, when visitors would come to see him, he would entertain them in that little house. Philosophers, politicians, physicists and people from all types of fields would come there, and they would talk about things with Einstein. Some of the greatest ideas of the day were discussed in that house.

There was one person who visited his home that was a frequent guest. She was a 10-year-old girl named Emmy. Emmy was in the fifth grade. One day, she was at home, working on her math homework, and she was having trouble with her arithmetic. She just could not understand the problems she had been assigned for that day.

Emmy had heard that the man who lived in the two-story house with the green shutters was pretty good at math, and she thought, "Well, maybe he can help me.  Maybe he'll be at home, and I can ask him for some help." So she took her math book and walked down the sidewalk and knocked on his door. Mr. Einstein opened the door, and she asked him if she could have some help from him. He was very willing. He explained everything about her assignment to Emmy so that she could understand it.  He even invited her back. He said, "Listen, if you ever need any help, you feel free just to come by, and I'll be glad to help you with your problems."  Just about every day, Emmy would make her way down to Mr. Einstein’s home with her math book in hand. He would explain things to her that helped her with her homework, day after day.

Well, eventually, people began to talk about it. People began to notice, and someone spoke to Emmy's mother and said, "Did you know that your daughter is going down to Albert Einstein's house just about every afternoon?” Emmy's mother asked her about it. She said, "Emmy, what are you doing?"  She said, "Well, he's helping me with my math homework."  And her mother just had a fit. She said, "Emmy, Professor Einstein is a very important man. His time is very valuable. He can't be troubled with a little girl and her math homework." 

Emmy's mother then rushed out of the house and went down the sidewalk and knocked on Albert Einstein's door. When he came to the door and she saw that famous lined face and those wise eyes and that white hair that was sticking out in every direction, she stood there in front of him, and couldn't think of anything to say. She just sort of stammered and stuttered, and after a few moments, she said, "I'm Emmy's mother. I am so sorry she's been coming here and bothering you." Albert Einstein laughed and said, "Bothering me, oh no, when a child finds such joy in learning, it's my joy to help her learn.  Please don't stop Emmy from coming to me with her school problems. She is welcome in this house any time."

That story reminds us of the beautiful truth, that the God who created this universe, the God who sustains all of life, moment by moment, the God who sustains your life, breath by breath, that same God who has all of the power, even beyond the cosmos, that same God not only allows us to pray, not only allows us and permits us to pray, but He invites us to pray.  He welcomes us into His presence.  He longs for us.  He yearns for us.  He delights in us when we come before Him and pray. 

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!