It’s so easy to see God as distant or judge-y, or both. When I’m slogging through a challenging day, it doesn’t feel like He’s nearby, or even very happy with me.
Which is why I enjoyed this verse so much this week:
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
Romans 8:15 NLT
In reality, God is not distant. He is not judge-y.
In reality, He is the best ‘Daddy ‘ (the translation of ‘Abba ‘) that ever existed.
Is that how we really see him? Or do we need to pray that we see him for what he really is?
I listened to speaker Allen Arnold this week, who described a joyful friend of his. This man said every day he pictured a park bench, with both him and God sitting on it.
They didn’t have to talk. He just spent every day, mentally in God’s presence.
I loved that story. It reminded me of my dance floor.
God is here, right now. Next to me. Next to you. Ready to spend some quality time together.
You don’t have to talk. You don’t have to do anything.
You just have to be, and let his love soak in.