If you are joining me here today from Encouragement Today at Proverbs 31 Ministries, welcome!
Typically, Wednesdays are the days I write about all things pertaining to teens. Since I have three teens at home, teens are close to my heart and I believe they are even closer to God’s!
Could you relate to my story of my lost necklace? It really wasn’t lost at all! I just couldn’t find hidden behind the bulky chains on top. That’s just how our lives can be; the treasured things get lost as the bigger than life things crowd out the lovely.
The treasured thing I am struggling to see right now is this thing called “letting go” and the beauty in having a child find their own way in the world. In just three short weeks, my first born will graduate from high school. Where did those elementary years of homeschooling go? Memories of those precious days together rarely come mind as we fill out financial aid forms, sign up for college orientation and try to discern what life with a college bound is suppose to look like! The struggle to release more and more independence tries to crowd out the joy of earlier days as we all try to figure out our new roles. What I wouldn’t give for one more day to snuggle next to the fireplace and read “Shiloh” out loud, crying together and ending with the little man next to me begging, “Mommy, can I please have a dog?”. (I guess that is why I have that beagle in my back yard!)
How often must God experience the same trying times with us? We wrestle with “growing up”; struggling for our independence in calling the shots in our lives, while all the while, the King of the Universe, our father, is just waiting for us to snuggle up next to Him to embrace a moment together. We pray, we cry, we worry as we contemplate the next step we should take with our jobs, how we should discipline our children or what it is going to take to pay those bills, but the Father is saying, “Child, come next to me! Put your head on my heart and hear it beating out of love for you. Here you will find rest. Not when you find the answer. Not when life settles down. Here…next to me.”
In my devotion, I wrote, “Sometimes, pain or uncomfortable circumstances try to block us from seeing our treasured thing. It is hard to see God at work. We may think that we won’t experience love again or that a relationship we treasured can never be restored. That is when we need our faith to help us to keep believing that God is in our situation and He will help us to find His treasures again.”
Friend, in what area do you need to climb up into Daddy’s lap today, put your head on His heart and ask Him to help you to find your treasure? Like the little girl pictured above, He is waiting for you to look upon His face and receive His warmth and care!