Can you imagine being in a room with another person and totally ignoring him or her? What if that person had made a special point to see you, be with you, and you were just oblivious? Or what if that person is someone you are in relationship with but you just take him or her for granted? Why bother to tell him how much you love him? Or mention that the person is the center of your life? They already know it. Or what if you’re not feeling it? What if it really feels like you’re in the room alone? What if you can’t feel being loved or your love for the other?
That ignored other person in the room feeling is often where we through neglect put our Abba. We go about our day and give Him little thought. Unless we need something. Then we elevate Him in our thoughts. Not unlike a child often does with parents, call them out of the corner when something is needed and not show love and appreciation for them nearly enough. How much harder then, when we are wired from infancy to be rather self centered, to be able to live lovingly toward our Abba when He can’t easily be seen.
Or can He. . .?
Our loving Father meets us where we are. Not just in the sense of theological understanding and religious observances, but in being in those times and places where He can be heard. There is no doubt that for me when I’m jogging it’s as if there’s an antenna directly connected to my earphones not just bringing me beautiful Messianic music, but also, tuning Him in as well. Of course I mean metaphorically for I don’t hear His voice. But as you know from my writings inspired during these times, He opens my eyes to His beauty in nature, some amazing synchronicities, and new eyes to see His workings in this world. For some it may be times of prayer, quiet times set aside from daily distractions, times of meditation, the look in a child’s eyes, prayer walks set aside for just this purpose, experiencing nature, serving others, sharing with a brother or sister in need, beautiful music or art, putting another first as He did for us.
It is the deliberate intentionality of bringing Him into the conversation, into the experience that helps us to “hear” Him. To the extent that doing so becomes a normal part of our daily lives, and the more we do it within each day, the more we palpably feel God in our lives. When we do, the struggles don’t stick but rather slide off like from a Teflon pan. We can smile more. We are able to see good in people and in situations when it’s not obvious. Our lives become so enriched that even the smallest act, the ability to breathe, becomes filled with holiness, making the synchronicities and bigger revelations all the more meaningful.
I encourage you to identify the many opportunities this week to notice our Abba in the room with you. He’s there all the time. The challenge is for you to notice.