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Hanging out

I have three grown children. Two have married and started their own families. What a blessing to see them being parents. My son being a husband and my daughter being a wife. Attentive to the tasks of adulthood. Working. Supporting their spouses. Raising their children. As gratifying as this may be, there is nothing like when one of them wants to hang out with me. When they call to talk for no other reason than they just wanted to talk to me. Or when one brings the family for the weekend because they just wanted to relax at Dad and Momma's house. Home. They know they are loved and accepted here. I look forward to these moments.

How much more so our Father in Heaven looks forward to our just wanting to hang out with Him. When I wake up in the morning and pour the first cup of coffee and enter into His presence He welcomes me. Here the visit begins. Days when I converse with Him while driving, cleaning, shopping, working, and exercising are the most peaceful of days. Even if I don't complete every task or something throws my whole schedule out of whack, I have far more peace than if I tried to complete the to-do list all on my own. (Been there!) Now, unlike God, I do not know what is going to happen before my kids do. Surprises are only a surprise to us. Not to God. We can rest in His assurance that whatever is going on that causes us fear or frustration, He is already working on it. He will stop the storm or walk us through it. Noooo. I can't stop a storm. Sorry, kids. I will certainly ride it out with you though.

Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." Just as I don't know what my children need if I don't spend time with them, talk with them, listen to their needs, I need to spend time with God. Yes. He already knows what I need. Remember, He already knows the situation before it happens. But, He wants me to come to Him and ask. By asking, I am acknowledging that He is in control. I am not.

I love when my kids come to me for advice or a little help. It lets me know they trust me with their concerns and they know I will help, if possible. Whether they come to hang out with me or if they have a reason for calling, I am so glad they chose to share their time with me.


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