A few days ago I was able to go visit my folks in Oregon. I went with great intentionality; I wanted to spend time with my mom and dad. No agenda, no rush, no plan.
Spending time with my mom is a no-brainer. She shops, she talks about music and clothes, and things very familiar to me. My dad, however, is a little more complex. He spent his life working in a field that I know little about. In the most recent years he has spent countless hours researching and chronicling our family heritage. To be honest, I've been too busy to give my genealogy much thought.
But I was determined to talk to him. To communicate, heart-to-heart.
So I took the time. He wanted to show me pictures and tell me how the genealogy program works, and look at family trees on the computer screen. Because of his physical limitations and the length of power cord to his computer, I soon found myself sitting on the floor at my dad's feet.
And it hit me. I wasn't sitting there to get something from him, I was sitting there because he wanted to share things with his daughter. I was invited into his most prized space to just listen, and be loved and valued. But it was also an opportunity to love and to place great value on my dad. It was a sweet moment of realization that has become a revelation that changed the way I look at prayer.
How often have I made time to cry out to God because I want or need something from Him? (Too often, to be honest.) But now I understand; God longs for me to sit at His feet, simply because He wants to spend time with me and show me the things that mean the most to Him. My choice to sit there is a sign of my respect, honor, love, and adoration of my Father who has been waiting for me.
It's not complicated but it does take time. Perhaps the most important moments of our day will be the times we choose to sit at our Father's feet. Being with dad sets the world right, somehow. That bond between God and us is why we were created in the first place.
In the book of Genesis, we read that before Adam and Eve sinned, they had a habit of spending time with their Father. "When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees." Genesis 3:8 (NLT) Unlike Adam and Eve, our sins have been forgiven and we have nothing to hide.
So why not run to Him? How long has it been since you sat at your Father's feet?