Transitions are not easy and my son, Dan and his family, are in the midst of transition. Dan’s job has separated his family for months; the weekends are too short and the weeks are too long.
My daughter-in-law, Nikki, has done a marvelous job of single-parenting, but the boys also need their dad. They need a hug from Daddy in the morning, and they need to know Daddy will be home to talk with them each night before they fall asleep.
When Daddy is away life is just not as it should be: there are more tears, more melt-downs, more boundaries pushed, and more wake-ups in the night, and more things become fearful.
To ward off some of the nighttime issues, Nikki, at a friend’s suggestion, took Dan’s pillow, put one of his T-shirts on it, and made a “Daddy Pillow” for the boys to hug.
I know what the boys are feeling! When my Father seems far away, my life is not what it should be: I have more tears, more melt-downs, more boundary pushing, more (and longer) wake-ups in the night, and more things become fearful.
But God is never far away…
“For what great nation has a god as near to them as the Lord our God is near to us whenever we call on him?” – Deuteronomy 4:7 NLT
In my mind I know that God is always close to me — that He is even waiting for me to come and snuggle up with Him. But sometimes I feel like God is away on a business trip. I know the antidote to that feeling…
“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” – James 4:8 – NLT
Sometimes when I feel far from God, the best thing I can do is go for a long walk.
It’s funny how God always seems to be waiting for me on a walking trail. Talking with God while on a walk is like a text or an e-mail at best: It is comforting, and I hear from Him, but it really isn’t a hug from God.
Hugs come when I spend quiet time with Him in His Word, and He has the opportunity to speak to me and encourage me. My Bible is probably my “Daddy Pillow”.
My challenge to you is this: Grab your Bible each morning and read what God has to say to you. Enjoy the hug! Then, at the end of the day, thank Him for all the ways He walked with you, and carried you through that day.
I know God will meet with me (and you!) anywhere, but in order to start the day with the power we need to get through the day, we must read His Word.
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11– NIV
Your Father is close, His arms are open wide. Will you sit with Him a while this morning before summertime distractions take over?