Friday, January 09, 2009

HE Helps Me Understand

Yep. HE laughs, HE runs, HE forgives, HE emails. And, HE helps me understand. HE sure is busy!
Yesterday I was meeting with my mentor and we were talking about the fact that God loves us just for us. OK, Jenni was talking about it. I was sitting there thinking, Yeah, I know this in theory. But, really, do you think? When I'm not doing anything, even then He loves me? Really???
She was encouraging me to think more about being, and not focus so much on doing. And that's a challenge for me. There are always thoughts running around in my head about what I can "do." A talk or a devotion to write. A prayer to be said for a friend. A blog post to compose. Not to mention all the "stuff" of caring for a family.
And the thing is, I LOVE doing all this stuff. I feel as if God and I are running a course together and sometimes I think I feel closer to Him when I am ministering than at any other time. So to honestly consider that He loves me when I am sitting and doing nothing was hard for me.
But Jenni encouraged me to press on and try to understand. And she gave me some practical suggestions. (She knows me well!)
Then she closed our time together in prayer. And as she prayed, HE helped me understand. Right on time, as always.
As Jenni prayed, I remembered earlier in the day when I was having my quiet time. Mindy, our puppy, came to sit on my lap. (She does this often when I'm having my quiet time. Sits on my lap and I read the Bible to her. I figure it's just a matter of time until I have her barking out a prayer for salvation. *grin*)
Anyway, I remembered how much I enjoyed having Mindy on my lap. She just sat there and let me rub her back. She wasn't being particularly "puppy-ish." Wasn't playing with the kids, or running around the yard, or chasing any of her toys. Nothing that would make a person think, Now, that's what a dog should do. She just sat on my lap, doing nothing. And I loved her.
It was as if God were saying to me, Do you see, darling? Just like you cherish Mindy when she is doing nothing but sitting with you, so I delight in you. Just you, dear one. Come and sit with Me a while. I love you.

And do you know what?

I believe Him.

Do you?

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luvmy4sons said...

Amen. Awesome thoughts! I love the visual of the dog...some of the best times with animals or people is just sitting together doing nothing...I loved the times when the boys were infants sleeping on my shoulder...they did nothing but oh how I loved those times and them!

I had a pastor once who told us we can do nothing more to make God happy than believe on His son Jesus. THAT is the work He has for us to do!

Jessica said...

I do.
What a beautiful analogy.

Edie said...

I love this Karen. I do believe it but I have to admit that I don't always remember it. Like you, I'm a doer. Think I need to spend some time in His lap. :)

Cindy said...

Karen this was a beautiful post. I need to stop doing and thinking and just crawl up in His lap for awhile.

My ADHD Me said...

This was a beautiful post and a great reminder to me.

Mariel said...

wow, I SO needed to read this today!! Just THIS morning I confessed to the Lord I think I have spiritual ADHD!! I can't sit still for a pair of seconds! He brought to mind Psalm 131:2 " a weaned child with his mother is my soul within me.."

I sat and thought about holding my boys (who are long-since weaned...they are 8 and 5) andhow sweet it is when they climb into my lap for a rest or lay their head on my lap. It is peaceful...when I was nursing they would not be still...constantly searching, unless they were eating! I want to be that stilled daughter before her Father, too.

Jerralea said...

I think that there is just something in us that wants to earn God's blessings and favor. We can't do that, we already have His favor; but it's tough to bring that down to the personal! Like you, I have trouble being and not just doing.

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