I was sitting in my den watching television when my son entered the room, carrying some books and dragging his blanket.
The fact that I was watching television was of little concern to him. It was bedtime and therefore it was story time. He half-pulled and I half-lifted as we prepared for our nightly ritual.
Once everything was set, he selected our first book of the night. I say ‘first’ because we usually worked our way through the Barney series, Dr. Seuss, and even a few fairytales.
I love this time of growth and imagination. I want his imagination to soar and his knowledge to increase.
We got lost with Barney, climbed the mountain with a locomotive, and saw a guy eat some green eggs. I watched as his interest peaked and his eyes played tug-of-war with sleep. After each reading, he would request another book until the books appeared on the floor beneath us like a fallen deck of cards.
Just when I thought that we would be pulling an all-nighter, he let me know that he had had enough.
“Are you sure you don’t want me to read anymore?”
He shook his head, indicating no. This is a rare occurrence.
“Do you want me to carry you to bed?”
Again he responded in the negative.
“Well, if you don’t want me to read anymore, what do you want to do?”
“I want you to stay right here.”
As I honored his request, I wondered if that’s the way it is with our heavenly Father. Surely He longs to hold us near, and for us to want it so. The scripture states, “How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!”
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I am so busy trying to live this life that I fail to take time out to just be with God and enjoy His presence.
You may recall in scripture when Jesus was visiting two sisters. One was very busy preparing food, while the other sister sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to His teaching. When the busy sister finally could endure it no longer, she demanded that the master make her sister help.
His response? “You are very busy, but your sister has chosen what is best.”
How often in scripture are we reminded what my young son clearly understood that quality time with the Father promotes peace, growth, and contentment. The scripture states, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”