This will be short, sweet, & simple. Real simple. Deodorant simple.
You see, I leave at 4:30 tomorrow morning to board a train for a short 5-hour ride to Chicago. My son attends college there. He has decided to stay for the summer and work 3 jobs to pay his way through school. I admire his work ethic and his determination, but I miss him. I think it was the right choice to stay for the summer and save as much as he could, but I miss him. A lot.
Every few days, Ian calls home. He just wants to say hi. He wants to know what I’m doing, how work is going, what I had for dinner that day, and what I’ll be spending my day off doing. He is interested in my life. He is my son, and I’m his “Mum.” That’s the best, most joyful role I’ve ever been given. And these are the most difficult, adventurous, but most rewarding shoes I’ve ever walked in. And, being a Mum to Ian and Rory is the best-est part of my entire life.
On a break at work yesterday, I checked my text messages. “Mum, do you think you could bring me some deodorant when you come on Saturday?” I just grinned. “Heck yeah! I’d LOVE to!” I thought. Can’t think of anything else I’d rather DO, actually! (And, I mean that.) I can’t wait to just spend the afternoon with my son.
(THIS is the “abundant life,” I thought!)
As I’m preparing today for my trip tomorrow, I am still thinking about what joy that silly little “deodorant text” brought me, and it makes me think of God.
Have you ever dismissed praying about something that seemed too trivial to bother God with?
Have you ever wondered – If God already has everything pre-planned and figured out anyways, then why bother to pray, or approach Him at all??
Have you ever wondered what He thinks when He hears our prayers?
Well, my heart as a “Mum” simply MELTED when my son sent me his text for a very simple need – Deodorant! And, I’m about as far from the perfect parent as you can get!
GOD is the PERFECT Father. He loves us, and He DELIGHTS in hearing from us – Even in what may seem like the most TRIVIAL of prayers. When we call out to Him, His eyes tear up with joy, because He is our perfect Father, and He loves us beyond our wildest of dreams. And He LOVES to hear from us!
If you are a parent, and your child has ever come to you with a skinned knee, a wound, or just to cuddle up on your lap and find comfort from you – Then you KNOW the kind of joy I’m speaking of. And the ONLY reason you can recognize that feeling, and know what I’m talking about, is because YOU were made in the very IMAGE of God, and THAT, my dear friend, is how GOD feels about YOU, (only multiplied, exponentially, like on STEROIDS!)
If you have been doubting that, or you believe God is not FOR you, please take a few minutes and watch this video below. It is made up of many of the God-breathed Scriptures that describe just how much He loves you, how well He knows you, and shows how very approachable He is, through His Son, JESUS.
Well, this blog may not have ended up very short, but I am praying you find it’s truth very simple, and very sweet, as I promised it would. He loves you. Don’t hesitate to take the simplest of your prayers to Him – Even if they seem as trivial as deodorant!