Last week, my five-year-old grandson came to my house to play Wii bowling. Yes, it’s the dinosaur of electronic games and despite its age, in excellent working order. My sweet boy wanted to first play alone, then later with me, “to practice” and improve to compete with family members. I had stepped away to refill my coffee mug when I heard, “Nonni, come here. Look at me! See what I did!””
He paused the screen, and when I walked into the room, he pointed with a smile. The word “strike” was frozen across the screen. “Wonderful!” I exclaimed. My smile was as broad as his.
“Look at me.”
I’ve heard God shout those words to me or speak them in a gentle whisper many times in my life: facing a dilemma, struggling in a life season, watching a loved one make poor choices, or waiting on unanswered prayer.
I’m not alone. We all have times of disappointments, waiting, and wondering. We may be exasperated and breathless from continued prayer, but then a situation gets worse instead of better. Or there is silence. Perhaps we take matters into our hands, and our expedient solution doesn’t fix the situation but complicates it. Perhaps we choose the good over the best. Or we crumble in the struggle and pursue an unhealthy path.
God calls us, “Come here. Look at Me.”
It’s such an important invitation He repeats those thoughts in different ways to get our attention for a variety of life struggles:
- For strength to continue, (that challenging relationship, physical and emotional fatigue?) He invites: “Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always,” is in Psalm 105:4 NIV and 1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV.
- For renewed confidence that God’s ways are best.(the disappointment, broken trust?) He says, “The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Psalm 34:10 NIV
- For joining my heart with His, He gives opportunity (releasing my preferences and plans?): “My heart says this about you: ‘Seek his face.’ Lord, I will seek your face” (Psalm 27:8 NIV).
- For direction in puzzling and unknown situations, (new places, the future?) He encourages, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; Don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track” (Proverbs 3:5-6 The Message).
- For hope, He offers, (no improvement or visible change?) “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint”( Isaiah 40:31NIV)
- For wisdom (confused and uncertain?): “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5 ESV)
In gentle kindness, God tells us the benefits of coming and looking.
- running in circles, He offers rest.
- fear, He promises His presence.
- uncertainty, He offers direction.
- my way, He offers His heart
- settling, He offers His confidence
In nearly closing out the month of April, some see 2021 as a sequel to 2020. Normal has not returned as we had hoped, but life always has challenges apart from the pandemic: relationships, health, prodigals, changes, finances. The call “Come, look at Me” is there every day, in all seasons, throughout our lifetime.
My grandson said, “See what I did.” When we accept God’s invitation we can always answer, “I’ll tell you what God did. He was faithful.”
Which part of coming and looking have you seen in your life? How have you seen His faithful response? What part do you need today?
Before you step away, take time to listen to this song “Abba,” a beautiful song about intimacy with our Abba, Father. written and sung by my friend Erin Griffin. Head over to her site with the Brown Family Ministries and as you linger, be blessed.