As my second to youngest son repeats his words because no one is listening, I hear the words that pierce my heart. The ones I heard when I was little. The ones we all seem to be repeating.
“Go away, you are annoying me.”
How many times have we told him to go?
How many times have we shunned each other, not fully listening?
Or maybe not even caring because what we are doing is so much more important than the soul standing next to us.
How many times have we spoken those words to each other?
How many times, as a parent, have I said those things to my kids?
Did I realize it.
Did I care.
Did I care as scars and thoughts of “insignificance” pop through my kids’ heads?
Just like they popped through mine when I was younger?
And I process yet again the words of “go away.”
And a thought pops in my head.
Does God ever tell us to go away?
Does He ever say to leave Him alone?
That He is too busy for us?
He WANTS a relationship with us.
He DESIRES us to communicate with Him.
He constantly puts Himself on our path in big and little ways to try to show us He is there, while we fight with fists to be “independent.”
He may not come into what we are doing, but He will invite us into what He is doing.
I quake. How amazing.
Then I stop.
If I am showing my kids Christ, isn’t that what I’m suppose to be doing?
Aren’t I suppose to be inviting them to be with me?
To say I’m not busy. To be AVAILABLE.
That our relationship is even more important than what I may have been doing right at that moment?
Or EVEN show them that they are welcome to join me in the work and I can be blessed by their presence, and they with mine?
Just a thought process, as I get off the computer and get dinner together.
“Let the little children come to me…”
Originally posted on March 21, 2013