Friday, November 16, 2012

Linger~

As I walked toward our sliding glass door, Sally, our precious canine companion who had been sunning herself in the yard, saw me and made a beeline for the porch. Tail waging and eyes fixed on me, it was obvious she couldn't wait for me to slide back the glass separating us so she could say hello to whip right past me on the way to her dinner bowl.


Sigh.


I understand her excitement. Sadly, food almost has the same effect on me.

But sometimes,
yes, sometimes, (sigh)
I wish it was me,
not my hand that feeds her,
that made her tail wag.

Yesterday morning as I opened the door, she nearly bowled me over as she raced to see if any morsels of food had graced her dish while she was outside. As I jumped out of her way, the Lord spoke oh, so softly to my heart.

Linger

You see, Sally isn't the only one who rushes by her Master on the way to nourishment. I do, too.

So often, when I meet with the Lord, I say a quick prayer, then rush right into His Word. I can't wait to feed my soul with the counsel and promises found in His Word.

And while this is a good thing, I often breeze right past my precious Heavenly Father on the way to my daily bread.

Solitude
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Linger, my child.

When I see you drawing near,
my heart fills with joy.
I look forward to our time together each day.
I'm so delighted you crave my Word -
seeking to learn more of me
by feeding on the scriptures,
but sometimes, precious one,
I wish you would linger with me for awhile.





linger *:
- to remain or stay on in a place longer than is usual or expected, as if from reluctance to leave
- to dwell in contemplation, thought, or enjoyment
- delay; dawdle


As I watch precious Sally munching away on her "Kibbles and Bits" dog food, I understand. Feasting on God's Word, as vital to my spiritual life as this is, is not enough. It is simply one facet of my relationship with God.



God longs for you and I

to slow down and seek His face,

to dawdle awhile and revel in His company,

to linger and bask in His presence.


When was the last time you lingered with your Lord?


My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
~ Psalm 27:8, NLT




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