“My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
(Psalm 27:8 NLT)
Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day. After making my drop-off rounds to three different schools, I returned home with just my Bella. We made our way through the house trying to decide what chore to check off my to-do-list first. Feelings of anxiety started to creep in. How is it possible to have so much to do every. single. day. That is when my little doll looked up and said, “I go outside?”
Who can say no to that?
We spent the better part of our morning just hanging out together. She dined “al fresco” on her pop-tart while I sipped coffee from my favorite mug. We walked around the yard exploring all the fun sights and sounds of spring. I paid no attention to anything other than her.
That is when it dawned on me. We had made it through an entire morning without a single fit….from either one of us!
Most days, I am so overwhelmed by all the things that must be done, that I take little to no time to just “hang” with my baby. Having so many children, I know how quickly they go from cuddly itty-bittys to back-talking pre-teens. So you would think I would know better than to let these times slip through my hands, but I’m guilty of letting life get in the way just like the rest of you.
It is important that we make time with each one of our children a priority. The difference in my daughter’s behavior was an indicator as to just how important it is. When I made a conscious decision to put everything else on hold and give her my undivided attention, she was a totally different child. Why?
Because she wasn’t having to compete with anything else for my time.
In the same manner, we need to block out time for just God. When no one or no thing can take our focus away from Him. We must shut out all the noise of the demands that scream at us to “go here, do that, fix this.” At first, you may feel like you are doing something for God but by the end of your time together, you will be the one made to feel special. You will be the one reflecting on how precious these times with Him are and how careless you have been to allow days to go by without these moments carved out just for the two of you. You will notice a change in your attitude and behavior just as I did with my girl.
“It is necessary that one should have a silent corner in which to converse with God, as if nothing else existed…”