Waiting... in the Word 6-16-14

Watching – In the Word 6-16-14
Interestingly we watch our children grow. From infancy to adulthood wondering how much good they will do for the Lord God and how much damage they will do towards their own selves as they grow. Skinned knees, broken feet and their hearts follow suit. Healing and reaching out physically for help, to help and to do the will of God in their lives and on they go!
I often am reminded of my dear friend who told me once to look at how my children react to me, my rules, my direction as how we God’s children are behaving toward Him. Often my children were loving and cuddly little kids and wanting to be with mama all the time; they for a time each of them has grown away and wanted nothing to do with me and my presence became a cause of frustration in their lives. I represented the rules, the way they were expected to act and the work they needed to do.
Is that how we see God; as a watchful parent waiting to find us doing something wrong so that He can correct us?
Or do we still see Him as the parent who will hold us and cuddle with us and pamper us when we cry then let us crawl around until we need his comfort again?
As a child grows we watch them grow, they slowly become independent from our every need, and they find a way to fix their own breakfast lunch and eventually even dinner. They find a way to make money to get what they want instead of asking mom and dad to buy everything for them; and then they leave the nest.

Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?  Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Matthew 26:40-42

Our job as Parent is to provide for them the learning experiences to grow as human beings and to allow them to become adults who will benefit the Kingdom of God, and mankind in the process.
God’s job, if it were, is to provide for us the learning experiences to grow us as human beings and to allow us to become the adults He planned for us to become who will be a benefit to the Kingdom of God and mankind somewhere in the process.

The difference is when we as parents let out children leave the home, God will never let go of our hand.
We allow our children to walk their own walk and find their own way to God, but God is always watching, ever present; waiting for us to find our way back to Him.
As parents once they leave the house our job is put on Consultant Mode; our kids consult us as they feel the need, or desire to get the help they want.
As children of God we have always been able to speak to Him each day looking for help, enjoying His company and allowing Him to direct our path.  The same joy as God has when he sees us standing at the door that He was just knocking at, the door to our heart, our life, our time; is similar to the joy we have when we see our children returning home after a retreat, camp or mission trip. We are eager to hear all of the details and know what they got from it, what help they were, as well as where they will go from here.

God is watching us, He is longing for us to return to the place we once were when our every breath depended on what His Word said. He wants us to return to our first Love; for God is love.

 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. 34 It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Mark 13:32-34

I recall the time when my love of my life, my husband, returned from six or so months at war. I watched from land as the ship came into view; waved with the other Navy wives as it rounded the end of the breakwater, and rushed to get my car parked and down the peer to meet him at the ship.
The moment our eyes met, and I knew that particular sailor was mine; I was willing to climb over all the wives and parents in the way to get to him and hold him in my arms and beheld by him. 
I believe that is how God sees us, when we come to spend time in prayer with Him; do we know that He is watching us? Do we know that He is following us with His eyes to see us as we try to get around the hurdles of family, jobs, and time constraints to get to Him?
Do we know how much He loves us, and misses the constant communication we have when we are focused on walking with Him daily?

 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning—  lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” Mark 13:35-37

Even when we think we can handle life alone without consulting Him, He is still following our blog. He know what we are up to, and waits patiently for us to realize He is there; then He embraces us as we return to Him. Return to Him today; take time to pray and worship your God, our Lord Jesus, and thank Him for being there watching and waiting for you and I to be ready to spend time again with Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us for letting our busyness get in the way of spending time with You. Thank you for watching and waiting, and being a good example of what we need to do with our own children. Help us to trust You to direct their paths as you direct ours, in Jesus name, amen.
Suggested Reading; Matthew 26:1-75, Mark 13:1-37, 1 Peter 4:1-19, and Ephesians 6:1-24.