One of the joys — and frustrations — of raising small children is getting them to sit still long enough for us to clean them. Two-year-olds seem to have a permanent case of the wiggles: they're almost incapable of sitting still.
And, of course, we laugh, play along, tickle them, and find a way to wash them up anyway. They aren’t really ready to understand the concept: “I’m trying to help you, kiddo. You’re dirty, and I’m trying to clean you, so sit still!”
I think God might feel the same way about me sometimes. I have “adult wiggles”: there’s almost always something on my mind that distracts me and causes me to have a non-stop, all-go, constantly-churning brain every day. And as He wants to talk with me, and love me, and wash me with His Word, I can’t really understand the concept: “He’s cleaning me. If I sit still for a bit, this might be really good for me.”
The Bible says in Job 37:14 “Pause a moment, Job, and listen; consider the wonderful things God does.”
What amazing advice: Pause. Listen. Consider what God has done.
As my mind races each morning to the thousand things I need to get done that day, I can almost sense God saying exactly that. And just like you with your two-year-old, God has a way of getting us clean even when we’re oblivious to it, and even when we don’t make it very easy on Him.
But may we join Him in the joy of the father-child relationship, and sit still long enough — everyday! — to be cleansed and loved by our Heavenly Father and His amazing Word.
Wasn’t this past Sunday great? Missionary to Cambodia, Ted Olbrich, brought the house down with his awesome message. Thanks to everyone who donated toward his ministry: he sends his love and thanks to you all!
Also, Gary and Pat were prayed over, and they departed this past Tuesday morning for their 4-month missionary trip. They’ll be missed terribly, but we’re all so excited for what God is doing in their lives. Plus, they’ll be back in January, and they’re going to send some video updates every now and then!