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Crawl into Your Father’s Lap

July 10, 2011

One morning I struggled to get out of bed. Well, to be honest, I struggle every single morning  to get out of bed. I am certainly not a morning person—and probably will never be! My perfect morning would be to rise early, get an invigorating workout in, have a meaningful quiet time with God, shower, and emerge feeling energized for the day as my darling children wake up and run swiftly to greet me. Sounds likely, doesn’t it? HA! The reality is my alarm is set for that early, early hour—and then the snooze button is pushed for 20, 30, even 40 minutes! Then I drag myself out of bed, groaning about the disappointment in myself for not waking early to exercise and have quiet time yet again.

But this particular morning, I did wake up early enough to have quiet time. And boy, did I need it that day! My heart was heavy, and I needed to be filled from God’s Word. I settled myself on the couch and barely opened my Bible when I heard the creak of my daughter’s bedroom door. I sighed. Seriously? I just wanted one morning with God by myself. Couldn’t I just have that Lord, just this one time? I gritted my teeth, already upset with my innocent child.

“Hi, Mommy,” she said sleepily.

“Mary-Allison, it’s awful early for you to be up. Why don’t you go back to bed?”

“What are you doing, Mommy?” she asked, rubbing the sleep from her eyes with her teddy bear.

“I was going to read my Bible, honey. But you really need to go back to bed.”

“Mommy, I just want to be with you.”

Very gently, Mary-Allison climbed into my lap, laid her head on my chest, and said, “OK, Mommy, you can keep reading. I just want to be with you.”

I breathed a prayer of thanks to God and squeezed my precious child, taking in the moment that I knew would be fleeting.

God taught me on that early morning that this is what He says to us: I want to be with you. I want you to crawl into My lap and allow Me to be your Father, your Friend, and your Savior.

Won’t you crawl into your Father’s lap today?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Ashley Kerth permalink
    July 11, 2011 3:34 pm

    This brought tears to my eyes. I can certainly relate! Thank you for this. Your talent knows no bounds. It’s awesome to see God working through you and through your words. Love.

    • July 11, 2011 4:30 pm

      Thank you, my friend! This is one of my favorites–I’ve been anxioius to post it! 🙂

  2. April 1, 2012 3:33 pm

    This was a lovely post ~ I’m glad you were able to enjoy your time with both God and your daughter! I can understand your original dilemma; I am very much in the habit of once I make a plan, that’s the way it had better go. I’m so happy that you were able to adjust your thinking just a bit. Isn’t it funny what a difference that makes?

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