I went on a walk with my son the other day. I had to persuade him with a vanilla-bean-no-coffee frappuccino to be seen in public with me – but whatever. Anyway, Jason was out of town and Faith was in preschool so I thought it would be a good time for Sam and I to spend some intentional time together. As we trekked around the neighborhood he wanted to walk about four steps behind me. I assured him that no one was watching him and that it was okay to be seen with me in public. And also, I’m really not that uncool (I might be biased.) He said, “Mom, anyone in this neighborhood could be watching me at any time.” Fair enough.
We continued our mini journey and had a good talk even though he seemed more interested in the frappuccino and I had to keep convincing him to walk beside me and not behind me. He informed me that he had homework. Really? My ten year old son would rather do homework than talk with me? There was no mention of homework when he accepted the vanilla-bean-no-coffee coated invitation. Realizing he had a point and I actually had to pick Faith up from preschool within the hour, we headed back towards his school where our car was parked. As we winded through the neighborhood Sam said to me, “Mom, I think we are going the wrong way. I don’t remember any of these houses.” I said, “Sam, I have been down this road many times. Trust me, we are going the right way.” He doubted me, pointing in the direction we had already been. “Sam, ” I said, “I know where I’m going. You may have never walked down this road before but I have walked down it many many times without you. Now, come on!”
I couldn’t help but realize our conversation was a reflection of my relationship with the Lord. I confess that I am so eager to ask for and accept His blessings of frappuccinos and such yet so busy “doing” that I don’t spend time just “being” and sitting still in His presence. After all, He is our Father and He wants to spend time with us! And along the journey, how often do I dig my heels in and say to Him “Are you sure, Lord? This doesn’t look familiar. I have never been this way before!” All the while He is saying “Becky, trust me. I have been this way before. Now, come on!”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
Oh Lord, help me to be still in Your presence and simply enjoy You. Teach me what it is to seek You with all of my heart so that it is as normal to me as breathing the air. Take me to places that I have never been. You know the way Oh Lord, as you created the very path where we tread. Nothing is unfamiliar to You. Help me to trust You more.