2015-10-14 - Hanging Out
Editor’s Note: As I was proofing this, I realized that while I enjoy all Debbie's devotionals, this is definitely my favorite. I could really identify with it, and it's very well-written and makes ane excellent point. I trust that it will bless you, as well. Jan
What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? Is it a trip to the lake? Is it a weekend at the beach? Is it a camping trip? Is it a weekend getaway with someone special or some friends? Everyone has their own idea of what is the perfect bit of time doing something they enjoy. So when I tell you what I find to be a perfect weekend, you might be surprised, confused or a little bored. Our daughter is home for the weekend, and since she is working on finishing her graduate studies, there is little in the way of free time for her even coming home. But having a quiet and relaxing place to settle in and do some homework, and a little time chilling with family and friends is just what she needs sometimes. We will probably watch some TV, do a little cooking, and each of us will work on some things we are in need of finishing. That is truly a relaxing weekend for us - simple time together.
I wonder how much our Father in heaven likes it, when we just “hang out” with Him. Sometimes I think we make it quite a complicated endeavor to spend time with God. It’s as simple as a personal conversation with Him, sharing time in the words he left for us to get to know him, singing a song on our hearts for him, being thankful in thought and deed. We can do everything, honoring God even in ways that seem quite small and inconsequential to us or others. He loves it when we think about him, even when we’re just going about our day, doing ordinary tasks. We can enjoy his being with us anytime, just like our family can enjoy being in the room together doing very little, but just being together. Acknowledgement is really everything, as it reminds us we “belong”. I’m so grateful I can always “hang out” with my father in heaven.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted