I had the great pleasure of babysitting two of my grandaughters last night. The youngest is three and recently had the earth shattering experience of losing her nuk AND her crib at the same time (she has very bad parents 🙂 ). I had the challenge of getting her to sleep and for an hour while I laid on the floor beside her tiny little bed and she held my hand (finger). Fortunately, the bed was the perfect height for me to rest my elbow on the floor and rest my arm against the bed without holding it up in the air.
It’s beautiful loving moments like these when the writing side of my brain takes over and I begin comparing this love to God. Thoughts like – He is right beside us, there is nothing to fear; All God wants is for us to hold His hand and be loved; God’s love is so simple, we don’t need to do anything to win His approval; Don’t complicate God’s love, just reach out and take hold of Him; There is nothing we can do that will separate us from His love.
And then she sneezed all over my face! You got it, those beautiful tender thoughts kind of vanished very fast and I had enough. Those tender loving thoughts turned to “just go to sleep!”
Don’t get me wrong. I was and I am still joyful about my grandkids (I’m babysitting again this weekend). I do love those tender moments just like God loves tender moments with His children. But there are times, I’m sure, when God is tired of hugging and rocking and just wants us to get on with what we are supposed to be doing.
“Just do what you are told to do”. It might be getting some sleep. It might be eating our food. It might be cleaning our room. Just do it. Savor your love moments with God but when its time to get up and do something; get up and do it! Don’t hang around and milk the love moments when it is clear that you have a job to do.