When my three sweet peas were little (yesterday) I loved bedtime. They would get all snuggled in their beds and we’d say prayers and read stories and all those sweet little bedtime rituals.
** Side note: there were MANY times that bedtime was not fun because it went on for hours and the only person that really wanted to stay in bed was me, but that’s another story.**
There came a time when the kids had homework that would keep them up later. They had work, sports or school activities that had them up later in the evening. I was exhausted and ready for bed but really didn’t want to miss out on the bedtime rituals that I loved and I think secretly, they did too.
Then, I came up with one of the most brilliant ideas I’ve ever had. If it wasn’t their bedtime yet, but it was my bedtime, THEY had to tuck ME in! We would pray together, talk about the day we just had and about plans for tomorrow. It was time with them one on one, AND, I was the one all snuggled in bed. Absolutely, brilliant.
One down side was that Sidney talks in spurts. She would say everything was ok and then when she was ready to talk…she would talk and talk and talk. I loved every minute of it but there were times I was afraid I’d fall asleep in the middle of one of her stories. She has always been a great story teller like her dad but why did she have to tell it at 11:30 pm?
I can’t help but to think that this is how our Heavenly Father feels. He longs for time with us. One on one time is His favorite. He just wants to be with us. He wants us to share our hearts. He wants us to vocalize our hurts and our dreams, our fears and our goals. He cherishes these moments with us.
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2