Hey--I Thought We Were Going to Snuggle?!
This morning, after waking up sleepy-eyed and finding his way into the bathroom where Daddy was shaving, after his mommy helped him change out of his diaper, and right after she sent him to find some undies, Noah stopped and said, 'Hey--I thought we were going to snuggle...?'
...which got me thinking...
Maybe you had quiet time today, and maybe you didn't. Maybe you had some good prayer time yesterday, and maybe you didn't. Perhaps your mind has been able to meditate on Scriptures in the last few days, or perhaps it's been too full of other things. Either way, we all know what it feels like when we haven't had quality time with the Lord lately, and we all know that one of the most common associations we have when it's been awhile, and they're the enemy's favorites to throw at us: Guilt/fear/uh-oh-ness. You haven't had quiet time. You didn't do that thing that the Father wanted you to do, read/pray/meditate/be still. You missed checking off that box.
And so the enemy lies to us with these deceitful untruths, that the Father wants drone-like, methodical actions from us: 1. Wake 2. Read 3. Pray 4. Eat 5. Work. 6. Sleep 7. Repeat cycle
That doesn't sound like the heart of a Father who jumps off the porch and comes running for us, even while the stench of the far country is still on our clothes. The truth of the matter is, the heart of the Father is so loving, so full of good things for us, and what He's wanting to communicate to us in those times when, well, it's been awhile, is just what Noah was saying this morning:
Hey...You...Daughter/Son...I thought we were going to snuggle...? I wanted to hold you and tell you I love you and kiss your forehead...
...how can we say 'No,' to that?