My seven-year-old daughter has quite a bit of energy. In fact, she almost never sits still. Unlike my son, she is not the type to cuddle up on the couch and snuggle. She would rather be running around the house or playing in the yard. Many days I find myself asking her, “Would you please sit still for just a few minutes?”. My husband says she’s just like me. She always has to be doing something.
A few days ago, she woke up early and came to my bedroom. I invited her to climb into my bed and snuggle. To my surprise, she did. I wrapped my arms around her and held her tight. She actually let me rub her back, stroke her hair, and just love on her. I told her she was beautiful and smart and special, and that I loved her more than anything. It was a sweet moment and a nice change of pace from me chasing her around all the time. I loved the quiet time with her and I think she did too, but it wasn’t long before she was out of the bed and running around again.
As I thought about this encounter with my daughter and my husband’s comment, I realized she really is just like me, never wanting to sit still, always doing something. In all her running around, she is sometimes missing out on the love I so desperately want to lavish on her because she won’t be still long enough. I wonder how many days I’ve missed out on the love my heavenly Father wants to lavish on me because I won’t sit still in His presence. How many times have I missed hearing Him say “You are beautiful,” “You are special,” or “I love you more than anything”?
I think I will try harder to wake up early and enjoy a little “still” time with my Father. I don’t want to miss out on the love He desperately wants to lavish on me.
Be still and know that I am God Psalm 46:10