It seems nearly impossible that time has gone by so quickly, Just the other evening, I sat listening to some of my favorite songs which I downloaded as ring tones for different family members. As I listened, I started crying because I missed them so much. Having an empty nest is both relaxing and sad all at the same time. After investing 21 years in raising and teaching our children, I do miss them. It is not that they live so far away (well one does) but simply having interaction with them and listening to their musings that I miss the most. So when we get together, it is like medicine to my soul.
When I think about things like this, it reminds me that God loves our company too. He enjoys being with us but so often, we run out the door each day with little thought of Him. Our quick hello in the morning and maybe a short goodnight in the evening are the only interactions we have with Him. How sad! We are missing the greatest wisdom, the sweetest fellowship, and the most satisfying fulfillment we could ever have if only we would take the time to sit at His feet.
When I was growing up, I had the privilege of spending time with both sets of grandparents. We saw each other on a regular basis so I knew and loved both sides of the family. Unfortunately, our children did not have that opportunity. My husband's parents lived up north and did not care to venture south so we saw them only if we could make the trip back home. In my case, my father died before three of our children were born and my dear mother suffered for ten years with Alzheimer's disease so they did not have quality time with her. It is my mission to be available to our grandchildren so they can get to know us, and not think of us as strangers. Family is important after all....and knowing one's heritage is vital.
In the same way, we must take time to read God's Word, commune with Him, and meditate on His truths. He wants to be a part of our life and all our activities each and every day. We have a choice as to whether we will make time for Him or put Him on a shelf and talk with Him as it serves our purposes. As for me, well, I want to do what Brother Lawrence did. He was a monk who lived from 1605 to 1691. He devoted himself to prayer each day as he went about his work bringing God into every activity. He was known for his kindness and his generosity. His book "Practicing the Presence of God" is a worthy read because it points us to how we may keep the awareness of our Lord's presence in all that we do. There are several websites that offer a free version to download and read. Brother Lawrence said:
"There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God. Those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it." ... Brother LawrenceI want that kind of life with my Lord. I want that kind of life with my family too. A continual conversation keeps vain imaginations at bay, and doors of understanding open. This is a goal of mine for this year...to practice the presence of God and in turn, be available to serve Him and my family!