The Month of Elul ~ Day 3
Sometimes we say a lot of words and end up not being able to convey the message we desire to share….the heart of the matter just doesn’t come through. It is like we are trying too hard. If you write much, you understand what I am saying.
There are other times, we say something without thinking and it is profound! Often, we don’t even realize what we’ve said.
Stacy Lynn at A Life Lived Well, left a comment yesterday that was profound:
“When you said, to imagine being free of work and distractions, walking in a field, it was easy. I thought of when I was a child and how totally at peace and filled with joy I was when I was in nature. I wasn't a Christian then, but I think at that young age it didn't matter...I was meeting the Father.”
Doesn’t the Bible say, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”
~ Isaiah 11:6 ~
And in both Mark and Luke ~ “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” (Mark 10:15 & Luke 18:17)
(I can be pretty thick-headed, but when God takes the time to write it twice, even I know it is important!)
Let’s imagine ourselves greeting the King of Kings in the field. You are young ~ maybe seven or eight ~ you know it’s HIM, the KING….but to you, He is ABBA, Father…you are so happy to see HIM, giggles pour out from deep inside. When you get close, you see HE is like light itself….but it comes from HIS eyes, they shine with love, HIS smile lights up the space surrounding you, because it says joy (joy unspeakable, but without the utterance of words). HE stretches out HIS arms to welcome you in a warm embrace …without thinking, your steps become faster and you leap into HIS waiting arms! HIS smile encompasses HIS whole face and HE asks if you would like to walk with HIM for awhile? HIS voice is soft, yet powerful. You feel like you are wrapped in HIS strength and in HIS love, all at the same time. He puts you down, to walk beside HIM. HE takes your small hand in HIS. Your feet begin to skip …….
Today, in your journal take time to consider what your field looks like. Are there wildflowers blooming? Can you hear the sound of a creek; the water rippling over small stones in the background? In the distance, can you see golden heads of wheat gently waving softly in the light breeze?
Maybe you happen upon a small rabbit or a baby wren…..
Describe what you see in your mind.
Next, what would you talk to HIM about? Would you tell HIM things you have been doing or would you be full of questions?
Write down what you would like to say if you were in the field with the KING of Kings….ABBA!
ABBA, today may we draw close to YOU in a special, childlike manner, without concern for the cares that normally plague our days. May we experience YOUR loving kindness that brings joy to our hearts anew. May our love for YOU be deeper than any ocean, may it consume our beings and may our trust in YOU be made complete.
Father, if YOU be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) I am so thankful to be able to call YOU ABBA! Because I love being YOUR child! Amen and amen!
“Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.”
~ Acts 2:28
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The Month of Elul ~ Day 1
The Month of Elul ~ Day 2
Tomorrow we will begin to look at the Thirteen Attributes of God. Until then......