Spend time with God. I’m the proud parent of three small, precious, and very active souls. I love them with every fiber of my being, and it’s truly my greatest joy in life to be present and engaged with them. But sometimes, I just can’t. There are those times when it seems like I’m not even able to complete a thought in my head without being interrupted by something being spilled, broken, lost, or just burdened by the repetitive chant of “Dad! Dad! Daddy!” (times by about 100).
Jeremiah 29:13 – You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (ESV)
Children Seeking Their Father
Sometimes, I need space. So, I’m not proud of it, but I’ve even gone so far as to hide from my kids. I’ll go upstairs to our bedroom, or out on the deck, or just anyplace quiet in whatever part of the house they’re not currently occupying. Typically they don’t catch on immediately because they’re busy being distracted by whatever kids get distracted with – books, TV, toys, their own shadow, etc.. But as soon as one of them realizes that Dad’s not in their direct line of sight, it’s on.
I start hearing, “Dad? Daddy?! where’s daddy??” and I listen to them begin their hunt as they investigate every room in the house. Sometimes they get distracted again, and they momentarily forget that they can’t find me. But sometimes they get panicked and might even start to cry (at which point I’ll reveal myself – I mean, I’m not a monster!).
The truth is, I love it when my kids come looking for me. As much as I sometimes front that I want them to leave me alone, I think I’d be broken-hearted to find out that my absence was either unnoticed or worse yet, irrelevant.
Spend Time with God
And it made me think of my relationship with God. I know that it gives me the security to know that He is with me, and watching me. And even though I’m not always as disciplined as I should be to pray and spend time with Him, I know that He’s a good Father and is always keeping watch over me.
But how often do I get so distracted by life, and then I eventually come to realize that I don’t feel His presence? And maybe for a moment, it doesn’t seem like He’s available to me. And I start looking for Him, but He’s not answering me. Maybe my search for Him at the moment isn’t really that genuine, and I give up quickly and go back to being distracted by life. But after some time when I realize that I haven’t been in His presence, and I feel alone and scared/worried/anxious, I’ll start looking for Him. And then I’ll cry out to him out of panic and desperation.
And He shows up every time!
I wonder if sometimes God doesn’t intentionally step out of our line of sight so that we’ll come looking for him? (Isaiah 45:15 Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior -ESV)
Men, specifically Dads, know that it’s hard to be disciplined to meet with God and spend time with Him daily. We should, but I know that sometimes we don’t. Even when it seems like He’s stepped out of the room, it promises us in His word that He’s most assuredly still in the vicinity. (Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.-ESV)
He sees you, and He knows your every need. I have a pretty good feeling that nothing brings more joy to our Father’s heart than when his children come looking for Him.
Author: Dave Lucido
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