I love my little boys. They are a wonderful part of my life. Asher saunters / stumbles to me everytime I walk in the door. Hudson runs at me full tilt and jumps when I walk in the door. Often it’s a 50/50 chance whether Hudson will hit Asher while they both walk to me. Being a dad is a really beautiful thing.
But I have noticed something about Hudson, especially recently. He often says this to me, “Dad watch me!”
- Dad watch me as I jump off this couch
- Dad watch me I’m doing something crazy
- Dad watch me and see me write my name
- Dad watch me as I jump over Asher…
The point is that Hudson loves having my attention. In fact, if he could have my attention all the time – that’s exactly what he would want. And I think wanting our parent’s caring, loving, and attentive gaze is important and natural. Hudson wants me to be part of his world. He wants to experience his world with me. It’s not enough for him to jump over Asher unless I’m watching, laughing, cheering him on, and entering into it.
And I think we want the same thing often as well. We want people to experience life with us, to enter into our worlds and join us there. We like knowing we matter.
But here is the beautiful thing, we have this with God.
The Father’s attention is always turned to you, you never have to say to him “Watch me”, “Pay attention” “This is important”. Because to God everything you do is important, because you are important.
God wants to enter our world and experience it with us.
The question is are we letting him? The question is are we truly deeply aware of how much we matter to our heavenly father.
As a father I’d love to give Hudson and Asher all of my attention all the time. But sometimes I forget what a gift it is to have God’s attention all the time. We never turn to him and find him turned away but ready to enter our world, our conversation, our experiences with him.
So this week as you live, remember you are living with a caring Father right there with you. Because he loves you.