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One on One with God

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One of the perks of my job is that I get to spend one on one time with individuals. Time when my job demands that I listen, with both my ears and my heart. Time when I not only listen, but I watch. Watch for body language that speaks a myriad of truths ranging from fear, to grief, to anger, to joy. Time to say, “You matter,” I’m sorry for your pain,” “You are important,” and more. 

And for me, it’s as if I’m given permission to forget about everything else because I know that in order to really help folks, I’ve got to be fully present with them, leaning into their heart and the heart of God which reveals hidden things.
 
It’s like a divine pause. No matter what is happening in my own life, I can lay that aside and step into the sacred privilege of truly being present with another. 
 
Yet when I walk out of my office, (and sometimes before), it happens. The tug of war for my attention begins full force and I can feel pulled in a hundred directions.
 
And while I might pat myself on my back for being truly tuned into others at work, the real test of who I am comes when I face the daily questions of how well I will tune in to my husband’s heart, my family’s hearts, the hearts of my friends, and the heart of God. 
 
This morning, I was contemplating on how incredible it is to be able to tune into God’s heart, to spend time with Him one on one. To be with the One who perfectly knows me, loves me completely, listens to my every word. 
 
Psalm 33:13-14 tells us that, "The Lord looks …on all the inhabitants of earth; He fashions their hearts individually.”
 
God is the Father of all and yet, He is my Father.
 
He loves the world and yet, He rejoices over ME with singing.
 
He sees every wounded heart and yet He catches my tears in a bottle.
 
God created the world, and He also wove me together in my mother’s womb. He is intimately acquainted with all of me and my ways.
 
And this Father, the One who loves me so, invites me to Himself to be with Him. I know I have His undivided attention and that He’s been waiting, longing, to have mine.
 
David, who learned to hear God’s voice while tending his father’s sheep, the one who was “after God’s own heart”, the one who had monumental victories and profound failures, meditated on the personal ways that God relates to us as His children in Psalm 139.
 
O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. 5 You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.
God invites you and He invites me, He woos, He beckons, for us to pause and connect with Him. To be one on one with Him. And in that place He washes over us with His incomparable love, healing our hearts, covering us in His kindness, and making us more like His Son. 
 
Who could refuse such a love?
 
One on one with God.
 
That, my friends, is an invitation too wonderful to miss.
 
Will you pause long enough to be with Him today?
 

 

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