I don’t have time for that!

March 20, 2012 at 9:57 am | Posted in Family, God's Word | 2 Comments

by Juel A. Fitzgerald

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”  Galatians 5:25.

Trusting in God and heeding what the Holy Spirit prompts us to do is hard!

In December, 2011 I took my dad to lunch for his birthday on a Wednesday.  After we had a great time eating and enjoying each others company, we posted our comments on Facebook.  He posted on Facebook maybe we could do this every Wednesday.  My initial thought was not positive.  All I could think about is the time commitment and I hate to say this, “I don’t want to spend that kind of time with my dad EVERY week.”  I love my dad, but I am still his child.  As an adult sometimes the generational difference doesn’t go well.  But the Holy Spirit prompted me to rethink my thoughts.  I said and prayed, is this what you really want me to do Lord?  The answer was a resounding yes.  It was the best choice I have every made!  For the past three months I have had the pleasure of seeing my dad every Wednesday for lunch.  I have gotten to hear stories about his life that I have never heard before.  I have gotten to learn who he is as a person instead of my authority figure.  I eagerly look forward to these Wednesdays just to hear what he is going to tell me next!

Wow!  Isn’t that how our walk with God should be?  We see him, talk with him and hear from every day.  We should race to be in his presence every morning before beginning our day.  By making the choice to commit ourselves to him we get to know him as he is and not as our authority figure of do’s and do not’s!  We get to know what he feels, how much he loves us and what he is all about.  We get to know the real him and not that imagine created by man.  We get to hear wonderful stories of what he has done for us, others and what he will do.  Someone said our relationship with our heavenly father is a reflection of our relationship with our physical father.  May my developing relationship with God reflect the developing relationship I am having with my dad by making time for him!

You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”  Psalm 16:11

(NIV translation)


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