My mother had three children and knew just what we needed at each stage of our lives. The teen years worried her. It was the 70’s – a time of drugs and sex. She decided her best course of action was to spend time individually with each one of us. When we were preteens, she planned outings alone with each of us. She wanted to build a one on one relationship with each of her children.
She took us on shopping trips or to eat every 4 – 6 weeks. I treasure those times and think on them often.
To have my mother’s attention to myself without interruption was awesome. During those times, I learned more about what her hopes and dreams for me were and got encouragement in tough times. I bounced things off her and got generic advice, but she knew how to get me to think for myself. She worked hard to be a friend and a mother both. She was my safe place and cheering section.
When I got married, I called her every week. As an adult with my own family, I still needed to tug on the rope that moored us together. I wanted my kids to experience her as a wonderful grandma and woman that she was. She had become my best friend.
God is much like my mother. He is our father and wants to have a one on one relationship with us. I can rely on Him as I did my mother for that reassurance and foundation I need daily to live my life. I can count on His counsel to be perfect and wise. I know He wants good things for me and loves me more than any human ever could without conditions.
As I read through the book of Genesis, the thing that struck me most was how God had a personal relationship with each person in the different chapters. From Adam, Eve, Noah, Abram, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob and onward, each of these people talked and related to God personally – just like He was human. While each person struggled with their sins, God was loving and provided a path to redemption. Never once did they doubt God’s presence and love for them. They were obedient and worshipped Him. Each generation passed this love and reverence for God to the next.
We may think they were lucky. They heard his voice and got direction from Him directly. Today God rarely speaks directly to anyone – or does He? Perhaps it is us who has the issue. He is talking, but are we listening?
The world competes with God for our attention and belongs to Satan and his minions. They drown out His voice with worldly temptations and things that grab our attention away from Him. Unlike we humans who must schedule time with each other based on activities and appointments, God is always there waiting for us. He meets with us on our time frame. It is our responsibility to make the connection. God speaks when we are quiet. The men and women in Genesis made time with God a priority and made sure their children knew and had a relationship with God. Will you do the same?
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 15:16