I always try and look for what God wants to show me during times of disruption, or when things cause friction with me. This time one positive was that I got to spend some really good time with my two kids. They love having Daddy around more and I always got invited into a game, or spending time on the floor playing with them in their little worlds. This was a great blessing.
Part of being a Dad has been the way in which God has shown me how He loves to get down on the floor (so to speak) and be in our world.
Quite often we can fall into a place where prayer becomes more about what we do at a prescribed time or part of our routine rather than part of who we are. Real connection with someone is spontaneous, fun, insightful. All relationships in which we communicate can share ideas, can reach decisions, can build a consensus, agreements can be formed, dreams can be revealed, information exchanged, advice given, concerns addressed, attitudes influenced; Best of all intimacy can be built.
Can you see the list of things above and equate that with what God desires in your life? God is way more interested in you and your world than He is in a list of things you need, even though those things are important to you and Him. Psalm 134 reminds us that He [God] knows every word on your tongue before you speak it’ but he still desires to hear you say it!
There is something in speaking out that transacts in us our ability to live in the freedom God has given us. In any relationship we have there must be a two-way exchange.
A man and a woman go to see a counsellor about marriage difficulties. The counsellor asks the woman from her perspective what is wrong? She replies that her husband has never said that he loves her. The counsellor asks the husband why this is. He pauses for a moment and then says that he does love his wife dearly, the reason he hasn’t said it is because she doesn’t stop talking long enough for him to tell her.
Do we spend enough time listening to God? He sure spends time listening to us. If there was one thing, I believe God would say to you today, I guarantee it would start with ‘I love you’. Not just a trite we “know God loves me”, but God being able to creatively tell you everyday in a different way just how much He loves you. Because it’s God’s love and the revelation of that for us that changes us. That warms out hearts, that changes attitudes, that enables us to understand that He is in control and has our best interests at heart.
God is the God that gets down on the floor with us His beloved children to interact with us, and ensure we know that as a loving Daddy we are important to Him. Prayer or connecting with God isn’t an obligation, it’s an invitation to a deeper relationship with God.