Today has been one of those days where you just can’t seem to get enough fresh air from the breeze, the sun, and the sound of trees rustling in the wind. We have spent the day cleaning the house some with the open windows. When I decided to take a break, I stepped out back to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. I wanted a moment of being silent and still.
As I sat in the chair, in a blissful state of relaxation, listening to the rustling of the leaves, some memories began to fill my head. I was thinking at the time how much I would enjoy lying in a hammock, so I could close my eyes and possibly doze.
Then, I remembered something from my childhood. Growing up, at one point, we lived on 5.5 acres, and we had a hammock tied between 2 trees in our front yard. I used to lie in that hammock frequently on days such as today. I would lie there, listening to the sounds of nature and watch the leaves dance in the trees and sometimes fall. Sometimes I would close my eyes and fall asleep for a short nap. But most of the time, this is where I would have my conversations with God.
As I sat on the back deck, continuing to reminisce, I began to realize how often I spoke to God as a child. I used to talk to Him in my alone time, just as if He was sitting next to me. I wasn’t really saved at the time (that’s another story in itself). I believe in Him, though. I would tell Him what was on my mind. I would ask Him questions, and pray for my family constantly.
As I grew older…since then I had been saved (my sophomore year of college), my conversations with God began to diminish. I didn’t talk to Him as often or like I used to. When I was first saved, I was in constant prayer, but not necessarily taking time to “converse” with God. But my prayer life eventually began to diminish along with that. I have never lost my faith in God. I guess you can say as I have gotten older I became more sidetracked with many things. I keep going in and out of dry spells instead of being consistent. How did I let this happen? I realize I miss my conversations with God, and my prayer life with God. God loves spending time with us, any time and any day. Sometimes He just wants to talk to us, and sometimes He just wants us to talk to Him..just a conversation, no matter what situation you are in. You don’t always have to be “in prayer” to talk to God. When you speak, He listens. He is our Father, our Daddy. Just talk to Him, just like you want to talk to your parents, or how you want your kids to talk to you. Don’t allow life to come between you and your relationship with the King. It is so important to keep it open and communicative. Psalm 91:1-2 says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” The more you communicate with God, through prayer or conversation, the more you will build your relationship and trust with Him. It is because you seek Him, and that is exactly what He wants! He wants you to want Him! He is good, faithful, and never failing. “It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and your faithfulness every night…” Psalm 92:1-2. Don’t forget to thank Him and praise Him when you speak with Him. He is eternally good and always listening. I plan to converse with God again because I want that strong relationship. Will you? Will you make it a priority to take some time out of the day just to spend time with Him, just as He wants? He is waiting.