By Kaylie Hodges
My kids sit at the breakfast table and chat every morning while my husband and I piddle around the kitchen, getting breakfast ready. More often than not, we end up avoiding eye contact to avoid dissolving into giggles at their antics.
The range of topics they cover is broad, from the highly spiritual: “How old is God?”
To heated debates: “No! Space guys can’t go to Saturn!”
To their favorite topic, bodily functions: “I heard a tooty!”
Why, oh why are potty words so funny?!
When I get to the table, the focus always shifts to me. Their questions are directed to me, and their desires are laid out before me. These conversations dished out at the table are so delightful, that I often find myself lingering over a pot that doesn’t really need to be stirred anymore just so I can listen longer without interrupting them.
In the safest place my kids know, they pour out their hearts to one another. I can see where they are struggling, questioning. I can see what they really care about and what makes them happy. I can see what is really holding them back and what is motivating their behavior.
It makes me think of our Heavenly Father, the One who sent the world swirling on its axis, and how he hears us.
“But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.” (Psalm 66:19)
Just like I stand in the kitchen and listen to my kids hash out life, God sits on his throne and listens to me pour out the dreams in my heart to my husband. He hears me answer my kids’ strange questions. He hears my quiet cries when I feel insufficient. He hears the laughter at our dinner table.
He hears me, and He knows things that are hidden in a place deeper than I can see. His omniscience can see past my questions and worldly desires of today, to what I truly need... to draw closer to Him.
God is compassionate. He mourns with us and He rejoices with us. He delights in us.
So today when you are just talking yourself through daily life, doing laundry, kissing ouchies, running cab service, and simply trying to get it all figured out, take heart. Your Heavenly Father delights in watching you serve in the place He has set you. The God of the universe not only listens to your prayers, but to your thoughts, dreams, conversations, and commands. He cares about the little things you care about because He cares for you!
Word of the Day:
Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Psalm 73:23-24 (NLT)
Lord thank you today for delighting in me, your child. I pray that you would guide my steps beyond what I can see, help me to take comfort in You, knowing that you hear me.
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