A Bit Of Myself
I have this younger version of myself living under my roof that will be turning 18 this month. His name is Joseph and he is my only child. It is amazing how I find little aspects of myself in him and I try to find things in Joe that I can learn from.
Being an only child, Joe enjoys entertaining us and being the center of attention. But, being a teenager on summer break, he also finds it hard to pry himself away from his video game which is in the other room. Also, being a teenage boy, he is a bottomless grocery pit.
Joe has developed this habit of popping his head around the corner when he thinks it should be mealtime with a one-word question, “Food?” I am ashamed to admit that sometimes this is rather frustrating for me since either it isn’t anywhere near mealtime or he had just got done having a snack.
As I was reflecting on why this was bothering me so much, I realized that it was because I do the exact same thing. I spend most of my day doing my own thing, my own way, and in my own time. I get busy with work, errands, or just in a coma from utter exhaustion from all of the above.
Then, when things get too big for me, or I need something that is just out of my reach, I break myself away from my “video game” and peek my head around the corner in prayer and ask God “food?”
That’s how pathetic it gets sometimes, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. The Father wants us to come to him when we have needs or pangs of hunger. But He also wants us to just spend time with Him. He wants to have a conversational intimate relationship with us.
I heard recently that since The Father already knows what we need,
then if the only purpose of prayer was to treat God like a vending machine, pray would be unnecessary. The truth is, He wants You and He wants me.
Please, yes, go to The Father when you have needs or in intercession for your loved ones, but also, just spend time with Him. He’s your Father. He loves you and loves being with you. So much so, that He sent His Son to make it possible to have that relationship with you.
For more on prayer, check out John Eldredge’s book Moving Mountains.