Monday, November 17, 2008

Spiritual Things

It is always so neat to see spiritual growth and understanding in children - and for us to be reminded of how we are supposed to see things as well! This morning we had one of those moments.

Olivia was confused about some questions in her devotional this morning. The questions were
» In my heart, am I really wanting to know and have fellowship with God?
» If I am not enjoying fellowship with God right now, what might be my problem?

She came and told me that she really didn't understand the questions. Well, to back up a bit, God had already prepared me earlier in the morning to discuss this with her. I don't usually put on any makeup on my at-home days. I just don't bother with it. But, this morning, I felt impressed to put on some makeup. Not much - just enough to truly feel presentable. I asked myself as I stood before the mirror why I was actually doing it! Was I vain? Was I thinking that I wanted to look better than normal in case someone dropped by or we happened to make an unplanned trip out of the house today? Then the Lord laid on my heart that He wanted me to present my best to Him not just on Sundays but every day. He wanted me to put Him above all else, and part of that would come through presenting my best self to my family inside the walls of my house, not just to the world. Now, it really doesn't have anything to do with makeup. Plenty of women can present their best selves without a touch of makeup. But, when I put on a makeup - even just a bit to smooth out the uneven tones on my face - I feel more like I'm presenting my best self.

So, back to the question with Olivia. She just wasn't sure what it meant to be fellowshipping with God. It doesn't make sense to her - anymore than it ever made sense to me - to just call God our friend. How do we be friends with Someone we can't even see or touch? The Lord laid on my heart to share with her that fellowshipping with God means making Him a part of every thing we do, no matter how big or small. I told her about the makeup. Well, she had just finished washing the dishes. She looked at me with excitement in her eyes and said, "I get it! I didn't just wash dishes so that we'd have clean dishes for our next meal. I just washed dishes because I need to take care of what God has given me!" YES!!! That's it exactly! She understood in that moment that fellowshipping with God is not necessarily what we do, but the attitude and thought pattern we we have while we're doing whatever we do. It has impacted her entire morning - and mine as well.