Sometimes it’s good to get alone with God.
She’s turned her bedroom into one gigantic fort. Spread every blanket she can find on every square inch of carpet. Wrestled an old mattress through her doorway and straddled it from her bed to her desk. Draped the remaining blankets over the mattress, creating a cozy little sanctuary for herself.
“Can I sleep in my fort, Mama?”
Of course – what is girlish childhood without creating imaginary castles out of blankets and then pretending to be Sleeping Beauty for the night?
I make her a cozy bed beneath the mattress and snuggle in beside her.
“Do you want to know what happened at recess today, Mama?”
Bedtime is often when the stories come.
She proceeds to tell me about the mean name another little girl called her. She emphasized the injustice as her voice quivers.
“So what did you do?” My responsibility is the training of this little one. I think about the verse her brother has been memorizing at breakfast over the past week, and I wonder if she’s really heard.
She’s quiet now. The nightlight creates dancing shadows across the hanging blankets.
“I called her a name back,” she whispers.
“Oh, honey – ”
“I know, Mama. I shouldn’t have.”
“Maybe we should talk to God about it,” I suggest.
She nods. ”But can you go? I just want to be alone with God to tell Him.”
I hesitate, wondering if she’ll really talk to God. But then I remember what she told me unprompted the night before. Sometimes when I can’t sleep, Mama, I just lie here and talk to God. I just love Him so much!
I kiss her on the forehead and quietly leave the room.
Sometimes we just need to be alone with God.
Lately I’ve neglected to set my alarm clock, thinking my internal one would wake me up early enough to spend ample time with God. But it seems the internal one is not quite as reliable! My time reserved for Him in the morning had dwindled.
So this week I’ve gone back to setting an alarm, to make sure I carve out significant time in the morning to spend in the Word. Because His words are life!
It was just this past Sunday we listened to a man from Teen Challenge share his story. He had the prefect life. A wife. Kids. Went to church every Sunday. But one day he stopped reading his Bible. One small step begins a string of bad decisions. Over time his marriage fell apart. Then he started drinking a little to ease the pain. And you can imagine the downward spiral from there.
You see, we are all only one bad decision away from certain disaster.
When we slip from intentionally seeking God to a more complacent approach to our walk with Lord, we have taken dangerous steps towards apathy. Steps towards ruin and destruction. Steps towards the enemy who seeks to kill, steal and destroy.
And what happens if we’ve taken a few steps away?
Run back! Re-commit. Start again.
Because it’s good to get alone with God.
How are you intentionally seeking God these days? He promises to be found by you.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. ~ Jeremiah 29:13