I am excited to have a special guest writer on my blog today – my friend, Jennifer Slattery. Today, Jennifer shares with us of the importance of spending time with the Lord. Be blessed as you read her fantastic post!
Grabbing the Moment
By Jennifer Slattery
Something happens during the teen years. That child that used to follow you around with wide-eyes and constant questions disappears and an independent, resident expert on all areas of life takes their place. Or at least, that’s the way things are in the Slattery home–most days.
It’s almost comical how far the tables have turned. My doting little princess is growing up and now I’m the one following her around, bombarding her with questions, hoping to find a way into that ultra-independent heart. Which makes those rare moments when my adult-sized, emotionally-childish teen curls up beside me, special. A stop-all-time-and-grab-the-moment-with-both-hands special.
One morning, before my daughter left for school, she curled up on the couch beside me. We sat for a good ten minutes, not saying anything. As I held her, my mommy instincts took over and I had an urge to protect, even though there was nothing to protect her from. I didn’t want her to do anything for me. I didn’t need her to say any magical words. All I wanted was her. And I could have sat there indefinitely.
She left and I turned to my to-do list. After four days zonked out in bed with the flu, it had quadrupled. The house was a mess and laundry was piled so high I was ready to send out avalanche warnings. But another voice called just as urgently, although much softer. In fact, it was just the faintest whisper. If I chose, I probably could have ignored it. Even convinced myself I didn’t hear it. But somehow that tender moment with my daughter had opened my heart, reminding me of another parent recently forgotten.
In Isaiah 6:5 I hear the tender heart of an ever-pursuing father in God’s words, “I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help. I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am.”
And in Isaiah 65:12, “For when I called, you did not answer. When I spoke, you did not listen.”
Only this time I did. I ignored my to-do list, let the clutter piled around my house wait, turned on some praise music and grabbed my Bible. And I could have sat there in my Father’s arms, indefinitely. He didn’t need me to do anything. I didn’t need to say any magical words. All He wanted was me. It was one of those stop-all-time-and-grab-the-moment-with-both-hands experiences.
Jennifer Slattery writes for Christ to the World Ministries, the ACFW Journal, The Christian Pulse, Internet Cafe Devotions, and Jewels of Encouragement. She loves to hear from her readers at http://jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com
8 thoughts on “Grabbing the Moment”
Wow, what a great comparison! I got shivers! (and I’m already dreading the teen years – my munchkin can’t turn independent!)
Sparksofember, I know how you feel! The other day it hit me, we have less than four years with our princess before she goes to college. But I’ve learned to cherish the time, and moments, we have. They come a little more unexpectedly, and I need to stay spontaneous and alert or I miss them.
Thank you, Jennifer for reminding us that God feels the way we do as our children seem to need us less. We just want to be near them and God just wants to draw us near. I needed that this morning.
Terri, I’m glad this encouraged you. Have a blessed day drawing near to God. One of my favorite verses comes from James 4:8 “Drawn near to God and He will draw near to you.” I claim that as a promise and remind myself when I read the Bible or pray, God’s with me, drawing near.
I had a similar moment last night with my daughter. She’s only 4 – until Monday. But we’ve had a busy few weeks, that won’t let up for a few more, and our Mommy/baby snuggle time has greatly diminished lately.
Thanks, Jennifer, for the reminder to protect my Father/daughter “snuggle time” with equal fervor.
Oh, how wonderful! I never knew I could feel love so intensely before the birth of our daughter. And to think God loves us even more than we love our own children. Wow!
Hello Kat, Terri, and Andrea! Thank you so much for stopping by. I was blessed to have Jennifer as my guest and am thrilled that you enjoyed reading her post. Have a wonderful week!
Penny, thanks for having me!