My husband is completely surprised that our kids can be standing next to me, calling my name over and over again, and I simply do not hear them. “Mom, mom, mama, mama, mommmmmmmy!” It drives him crazy. It’s not intentional ignoring, but they talk all.day.long and, without even realizing it, I tune out their noise and retreat into the calmness of my mind. But when my children are trying to share something of importance (to them, anyway) with me and I choose to neglect them, it is wrong.
Recently, Beth Claes, a good friend and creator of Wrestled Faith, gifted me with Adore: A Simple Practice for Experiencing God in the Middle Minutes of Your Day. In this book, author Sara Hagerty encourages her readers to talk with God in the “middle minutes” of each day. I love the reminder that God is always present and that our relationship with Him is intimate. He cares about all things, not just the big things. #ParentingGoals
These middle minutes are meant to be informal – as simple as “Thank you, Lord, for the sunshine today.” or “Draw their hearts closer to You.” or “Use me to reach them!” They are the prayers spoken in the quietness of our hearts even when our thoughts might be agitated and fearful. And, since we know God always hears us when we pray, we know our words with Him will never go ignored.
In John 11, Lazarus, a friend that Jesus loves and cares for deeply, dies from sickness. The chapter talks about how Lazarus dies; how Jesus comforts Martha and Mary, Lazarus’ sisters; and how Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. There are so many amazing middle moments in this chapter, but what I find most fascinating is Jesus’ own prayer in verses 41 and 42.
“Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me…” God listens to His children! “But I said this for the benefit of the people standing here…” God hears our hearts when others only hear our voices. “That they may believe that you sent me.” God calls us, He uses us, He has a purpose for us!
Let’s follow Jesus’ example! Talk to God. Be present. Give Him your middle moments and watch as your heart transforms!
Thrive in Five – One set of Bible verses, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Let’s dive into God’s Word.
Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” – John 11:41a-42 NIV