I was listening to the most beautiful sound recently. It was the dis-unifying sound of my 5 1/2 month old son and my husband playing the keyboard together. It not only sounded super, it was super to watch both of them try to co-ordinate a song. [lol] As I stood aside and watch my baby’s little fingers striking the keys, I saw the joy on my husband’s face as together they made the most out-of-tune melody ever. It was awesome 🙂 My husband could careless that NJ was “messing up” his tune. What mattered to him was having his child sit on his lap and play with him.
As I watched both of them together, it reminded me of our heavenly Father – God. He longs for fellowship with us in like manner. He wants us to come sit on his lap and “play a tune” with him. He could careless how we have messed up, are messing up or will mess up. He simply wants us to climb onto his lap and be with him. It gives him joy as he is able to pour his love upon us. Playing a tune with God could be: worshiping with words, finances, time, energy… whatever it takes until you find yourself in the afterglow of his glory. Just play a tune! Playing a tune with him could be: taking a load off your head and heart by giving it to him in faith, studying and discovering a life-transforming truth from his word, experiencing him in a new dimension, being a miracle in the life of someone in need, spending time in conversation [prayer] with him that he unveils his compassionate heart to you, obeying Him about something you did not want to, trusting him in the most difficult situation, keeping your mind pure and without selfish and self-centered thoughts [no stinking thinking], having a right motive before God for the things you do for him, helping an enemy who has particularly hurt you in an awful way, being a God-pleaser instead of a people-pleaser, loving a seemingly unlovable person, forgiving a friend who has hurt and disappointed you – I tell you, it is whatever it takes until you find yourself in the afterglow of his glory.
Again its simply about being with him – anything that models him [with the right attitude/motive] gets his attention and that’s all you need. Forgetting about who you are [or who you are not] and just be with him. Forgetting about what you did wrong [since he has already done it right], and just be with him. Forgetting those who have hurt you [since he would never and he is a healer] and just be with him. Forgetting your stresses and troubles [since he is the great burden bearer] and just be with him. He doesn’t matter what you have done [or have not done], he just wants you to be with him and vice versa. He wants you to have a Mary-like spirit instead of a Martha-like one.
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (NLT)
Mary understood how important it was to be in the presence of Jesus, just basking in his glory despite all the fuss of activity around her. She took time out to be with him and was credited for doing so. In otherwards, she figured out what was important and worthwhile. Have you? May I encourage you today to discover the simple pleasure of sitting in his lap, so together you can both “play a tune”.