May 04, 2023 Cindy Goding



By Cindy Goding

As I was sitting outside with my children while they were playing I’ve now been reflecting on a few things that stood out to me.

First, it’s amazing how much they desire me to take notice. As I was watching my oldest as he’s playing soccer and almost every 10-20 seconds he glances over at me. He’s looking to see if I see him. He’s looking to see if I notice him. He’s looking to see confirmation that I am present.

Second, it’s interesting to see how much they observe. My second oldest kept glancing at me out of the corner of her eye.

She would notice when I would watch her and immediately come over to my chair and give me hugs or start up a conversation. Then she would notice when my eyes would stray to another child and she would run off to play or do something else. But it never failed, as soon as our eyes locked, she was by my side.

Third, it’s interesting to see how much they can decipher through my body language, tone of voice, down to the slightest mannerism. Even a look and they know exactly what I’m saying without having to actually speak.

I thought about how this should reflect my relationship with God. Am I spending enough time with him that I notice things? Am I observing him enough through his Word that I know his character?

"In him we live and move and have our being- as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we are indeed his offspring'".- Acts 17:28

God desires us to spend time with him even more so than my own kids wanting me to present with them outside. God is a relational God and he pursues me just as much as he wants me to pursue him, if not even more! We are his. We are his chosen and holy people. God tenaciously pursues everyone’s heart- so that they can have a relationship with him through the death and resurrection of his son Jesus Christ.

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony" -Colossians 3:12-14