Maggi Pivovar shares from her heart. Enjoy!
I often see the reflection of God in ordinary, everyday experiences. It is in things I’ve passed by dozens of times without noticing, and suddenly, I have this “Aha” moment. (Pretty certain my husband thinks it’s a little weird!) No matter, though! He loves my little quirks.
My little Spaniel longs for me to sit down, so she can settle in beside me on the couch, her place of contentment. She will sit patiently, silently, with only the sound of her tail sweeping to and fro on the hardwood floor, and try to woo me with ginormous soft brown eyes for what seems like minutes. These eyes stare directly into mine and her gentle, quiet spirit beckons me, she doesn’t whine, bark or jump, or do anything else to capture my attention. And despite my imperfection, what I’ve done, and what I’ve forgotten to do, she does not hold on to it. Most days, I breeze past her in a frenzy, putting everything else first. When I surrender to her, she curls up next to me, letting out a little snort and long sigh. This is what she’s been waiting for, for me to sit with her. Her presence calms me, and shifts me to a place of rest, quietness and peace.
God longs for me to sit with Him, too. It’s so easy to rush past Him with my “to-do” list in hand. Still He waits.
Unlike my dog, God does not need me. HE is already complete. But like her, full of kindness, compassion, and gentleness. He longs for ME… this broken, messy girl to come, sit, and rest. And He longs for you. I am whole, well, and clean in His loving eyes. You are whole, well, and clean in His eyes.
Every moment He is here, waiting quietly without a sound, without judgment, beckoning us to come just as we are, no matter what we’ve done, or what we’ve have failed to do. He does not keep a record of our past. He simply longs for each of us to come and sit. When we stop and surrender our lives to Him. When we stop, slow down, and consciously spend daily moments with Him, the blessings are all ours. And it doesn’t mean sitting on the couch, folding our hands properly and looking the part. I’ve had some pretty great moments driving the car, waiting in line, folding the laundry and yes, even mudding drywall… All we have to do is say YES.
“The LORD your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
ZEPHANIAH 3:17 AMP