Last week we talked about delighting in the Lord, and allowing ourselves to find joy and have fun even in the midst of our current situation. Today I felt like the Lord just wanted to delight in us…to remind us how pleased he is with our attention to him, how much joy he gets when we just reach out to connect with him (mothers, we can relate, right? How much joy do you get when one of your kids finds you or calls you, just to say hi?? ikr.), that the highlight of his day is spending time with us.
I think the challenge we have in believing this is our own feeling of unworthiness and falling short! We believe the voice in our head reminding us of all the things we “should” be doing, “should” have done, and so on. (CLUE: God never tells you you “should” do anything. He will tell you what you need to do or what he wants you to do. But his voice never blames or adds guilt….)
So, let’s put aside all of the voices we are hearing from the world about how we should be using this time to DO all the things. Let’s choose today to listen to him as he delights over us, as he loves us, and as he accepts and enjoys us right where we are, with no expectation or pressure to be more or do more. If you have a few quiet minutes today, read these verses asking God to really show you his heart in them.
God has a constantly flowing river whose sparkling streams bring joy and delight to his people. His river flows right through the city of God Most High, into his holy dwelling places. (Psalms 46:4)
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. (Zephaniah 3:17)
Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear. (Matthew 11:28-30)