“I want you to be with me all day!”
When our oldest daughter was a preschooler she would say this to me, around the time her second little sister appeared.
“But I AM with you all day,” I’d reply, laughing.
There were days when we were literally in each other’s space every moment and at bedtime, the refrain was the same. “But I want you to be with me all day!” she’d repeat.
I knew what she meant. She didn’t want me to just be there in the same house with her all day, she wanted me to stop doing whatever I was doing – be that nursing a newborn, cleaning up a potty accident, making dinner or other various household tasks – and be present with her in her moment.
It was her way of saying, “I need you mom.”
I remember being a kid and going to bed before my mom got home from her evening shift. That feeling of knowing she was out there somewhere in the world instead of safe and warm at home with me was unsettling. I always tried to stay awake until I heard that front door open and her voice sounded from the next room.
It didn’t matter what was going on around me, things were all right with the world when she was near.
Now I am the mom, and my kids want my full attention and presence. They want me to “be with them all day”, so to speak.
How often do I say the same thing to God? “I want You to be with me all day, Lord!” my heart whispers. And I wonder if He’s there.
“I AM with you,” comes the reply – through His Word. Through His beautiful created world. Through His provision.
Except He’s not whispering, He’s calling. He’s never distracted and always available.
Regardless of how we may feel today, we can be sure God is with us. Instead of “I want You to be with me all day”, let’s pray “thank You Lord that You will never leave me alone” (Hebrews 13:5b).