This morning I had breakfast w a friend & it was totally wonderful. We put this appt into our calendars about 2 months ago, to make sure we reserved some space / time for connecting. I really appreciate getting to meet w this friend, from time to time, because of the depth of the conversation. I find that as we talk, the conversation quickly gets into some very deep areas, particularly in relation to our walk with God. For me, it was an especially rich conversation today because I met with her right on the heels of my devotional time w God. Consequently, it felt very natural to sense God being very present at the table with us and guiding the conversation – almost like a three way conversation. Even now as I’m typing I sense residual influences from our dialogue.
When I got home, my husband made a comment that implied that I’d been gone a long time – about 1.5 hours. My reply was something about women connecting through conversation. As I’m thinking now, our breakfast definately took some time, but when we got in our cars to go home, it didn’t seem like the appt took a long time. In fact, it almost felt a little bit short, even though I knew it was time to go & that we had finished talking.
So here’s my point: good things take time. No wonder that Isaiah says that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. No wonder that the psalmist tells us to wait patiently for the Lord in Psalms 37. Time is valuable and how we use it reflects our values. Let’s think about our time
When my kids were younger, I used to enjoy playing this game with them – it was amazing to watch their creativity to find new and “secret” hiding places and then POP OUT and scare whoever was “it”. Such a fun game!!
And that’s exactly what hide & seek should be – a game and not a lifestyle. God has been dealing with me about my transparency with Him, or better to say, my lack of transparency w Him. You can easily say that we don’t really need to be transparent w God because He already knows the deepest secrets in our hearts, but I would like us to consider a few thoughts with the whole, “God knows everything” principle:
- transparency is necessary for trust and intimacy – a few days ago in my prayer time, I felt that God wanted me to share with Him some of the struggles I’ve been wrestling with. When I opened up my heart with Him at these depths, there was an increased sense of closeness with Him that was more than soothing
- hiding is what Adam & Eve did in the Garden when they messed up – when we do or say wrong things, hiding doesn’t make anything better. Rather, it makes the problem worse. My personal experience with the idea of hiding when I’ve messed up is that when I hide, I try to fix my error without anyone’s help and usually, this intensifies and expands the original problem
- hiding is a form of isolation and isolation increases our vulnerability
Hide and seek is a fun game, but a lousy lifestyle
My husband thinks I’m intense. He’s probably right. It seems that whatever I give myself to, I can be extreme. For example, when I was learning to snowboard, I fell so hard one time that I got a concussion through my helmet, but I didn’t give up trying to learn. Now 4 yrs later, I snowboard & generally stay injury-free & THOROUGHLY enjoy it!
My point here is that it’s not all bad to be intense, especially when it comes to our walk w God. We are encouraged to live a balanced life & in some cases & situations, that’s totally appropriate. But when it comes to God, I’ve come to the conclusion that I intensely need Him. This intense need is the most obvious need in my life – everyone who knows me in any way, knows I need God. I’m a junkie – the honest truth. Because I need Him so desperately, I am quite intense about being w Him, knowing Him, loving Him & having Him be comfortable in my life (I want God to be comfortable around me). I want & need for my relationship w God to be nothing less than high octane, fully leaded & totally charged. May your walk w God be one of great intensity & immensity.
Love is an interesting word in our modern world. This word can conjure up everything from chocolate to movies, from sex to coffee & a wide range of many other things.
I think that genuine has more depth than the best chocolate. I think that genuine love is better than your favorite movie or video game. I think that genuine love exceeds your best efforts & intentions. I think that genuine love is defined & displayed best by Jesus & His words & actions toward us. Genuine love, as expressed by Jesus, is grounded on who Jesus is & not based on our behavior. Genuine love, as Jesus expresses it to us, is nothing short of irresistable.
I pray that you would experience & know Jesus deep, transforming & powerful love for you. His love is without limit. His love is without qualification. His love is sacrificial & His love is ever present.
Jesus displays His love or us that while we were yet sinners He died for us & lives today to express His love to you. Ask Him to help you see, know & experience Jesus’ love. It’s the only genuine love that exists.