This cold weather reminds me of growing up in the Mid West. In the cold of winter, the dark of night would fall early. Sometimes Freddie’s Dad would build a bonfire in their back yard. It drew us kids like a bear to honey. As the blaze grew hotter we would run home to beg a potato from our Moms. Have you ever eaten a fire roasted potato? Yum! Good! We would drop it into the flames and roll it around with a stick so it cooked all over. As the dancing flames kept the cold at bay, our mouths would salivate waiting for our treat to be ready. Nothing seems to excite children like a fire. It’s a pretty mystery when kept in control.
I remember the feelings that surrounded those nights, and the eager anticipation of our potato treat. It seems not much compares with it as an adult. Then I think about the gift of relationship our God offers us. There is nothing to compare with being in His Presence, at peace in quiet joy. True there is not the exuberance of childish glee, but the smiles of our God and the resulting joyful feeling knowing He is with me and loving me, brings a big smile to my face! It seems today many have forgotten God. Life filled with jobs, worry, cab duties for kid's unceasing activities, house cleaning, meal preparations, clothes washing, relationships if their is time. . . not much 'time' left for meeting with our God and building the most important relationship that exists today. Time, again. It keeps running like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland: “I’m late! I’m late for a very important date!” That was almost a foretaste of today’s life. But for me, I refuse to be captured into a life without my relationship with God. My body clock usually wakes me between 5:00 and 6:00 AM. This affords me the opportunity for a good meeting with my Creator. There is so much to cover with Him, and He has much to teach me; it seems like a kinda rhythm dominates and it's only minutes we are together.
How I love our sharing time! My friend, try enhancing this new year by setting an appointment each day to meet with Your Heavenly Father who loves you more than you can imagine. Life takes on excitement inside when you come to realize the purpose and direction God has for you. The book Cast Up A Highway can help you to build an intimate relationship with Him.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty
[whose power no enemy can withstand].
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”
If your life is missing some “childish exuberance”, I challenge you to bring more of God’s love into it! Blessings for an exuberant new year my friends!