Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Someone's there...

What if you were with your child all day long, but he never even acknowledged your presence. Yet, still you followed him everywhere - into every room, down to the mail box, into the shower, outside to play. You were there all day long, right there beside him, wanting to talk to him, longing to speak to him, but he was just totally oblivious to you. However, once in a while, he talked to you - sometimes at night or when he was very distraught; yet, when he talked, he spoke very formally and distantly, as if you hadn't been there all along and you were just now coming in to hear him. Then, after he spoke to you, he went back to pretending you weren't there - not even bothering to listen to you or linger in your presence.
That would be strange wouldn't it? It wouldn't make for a very good relationship. And it would probably hurt your feelings a little too. Well, this is how most of us approach or relationship with God.

The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing. That just means to talk to God all the live long day. He's right there. He wants us to chat with Him as we go about our day. Jesus says that He will be with us always.

Sometimes we forget how real that is. I think if we ask God to help us be mindful of His presence, asking Him to give us an awareness of Him, He will. It should probably begin with a confession that we have been ignoring Him, pretending like He wasn't even in the room with us.

Having a continual conversation with God leads us to also be more aware of how He wants to lead us each day. It's a great blessing to begin a life long habit of talking to God. I know that often I can get off track with my attitude, my choices and how I spend my time. However, during the times when I'm acutely aware of Him, chatting with Him throughout the day, not only does it bring me more peace, I also have a heightened awareness of those "red flags" in both my attitudes and decisions. I am more sensitive to the Spirit of God.

"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you." John 14:26
"Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground." Psalm 143:10

No comments: