Roll Call!

All mothers can more than likely relate to their children (particularly during the toddler years) always being in their presence.  For most mothers of toddlers, just being able to use the bathroom or shower alone is a luxury.  If that is not true for most, it’s definitely true for me – mother of two toddlers.  It doesn’t matter what room I’m in or what I’m doing, my babies want to be there.  They don’t necessarily want me playing with them, but they want to be able to look up and see my face.  They even like to periodically make contact with me to make sure I’m still there.

I  must be completely honest and say it sometimes aggravates me, and I have locked my bedroom and bathroom door on more than one occasion to just “escape”.  I know I signed up for this when I became a parent, but still occasional solitude is nice.  My girls seem to really take it up a notch when I’m on the phone.  I will go to one room, and they (loudly) follow.  I’ll go to another room, and sure enough they follow shortly after.  I had to accept the fact they just like being in my presence.  Who knows why, but they do.

How many Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights does God sit in Heaven and just wish we would run into his presence?  How often does he look at the church doors and wish His children were lined up waiting for the doors to be unlocked like my girls do when I need to “escape”?  I wonder how He longs for us to be cheerful about being in His presence instead of acting as if it’s our biggest inconvenience of the week?

These questions are some to really ponder on because His presence is all we have.  Isn’t it funny how when we’re given bad news we can’t get to God fast enough?  We have everyone at church and our job praying for us and anyone else we can find.  Some people even have the nerve to question why God let certain things happen in their lives.  If I had to guess, I bet God is saying, “Please don’t blame me.  I wanted you to come into my presence so I could give you answers to all your questions.”  What a slap in the face to only be acknowledged during a person’s time of need.  Most of us would be deeply hurt to be treated that way by our loved ones.

It’s my job to make sure I’m in His presence every chance I get.  When He calls the roll, I want to be able to say “Present!”

Psalm 84:10 (Message)

One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship,
      beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches.
   I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God
      than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Roshanda
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 23:46:03

    Great message. Wow what a fresh and plainly taught are opening eyes to see! Continue in the work.


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