I was recently in a group that was asked basically what keeps you from spending time with God. Without having to think about it my answer was busy-ness. But I had also recently been more aware that I needed to find “it”—the right spot.
I have been looking for years. I’ve tried the extra bedroom (actually both of them), my bedroom, my closet (definitely not). I tried the kitchen table and the family room couch.
You might say I’m a bit like Goldilocks — because each place I tried was too something - noisy, uncomfortable, public, the list goes on.
It had occurred to me a few days before the question was posed that in my basement I have the desk. If I cleaned all the junk off the top, it could work.
HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING
This desk is special because my dad built it for my sister and me to do our homework on. He actually designed it with us in mind. We could sit at the desk at the same time, one of us on each end. There was also a shelf on each end under the top (like a cubby hole) that we could put our books on.
And since Dad knew us so well, he put a divider right down the middle underneath so that we couldn’t kick each other. What can I say? He knew what he was doing.
My dad has been with Jesus for six years now. So I think it’s pretty cool that my “spot” where I go for alone time with my heavenly Father is a desk that was built by my dad.
If we have a dynamic relationship with our dads, they usually know us pretty well, sometimes better than we know ourselves. In the Bible study I just completed, The Armor of God, by Priscilla Shirer, she shared a list of scriptures that illustrates how well our heavenly Father knows us - things we may not know or even believe about ourselves yet. While the book included a lengthy list, I have chosen a snippet of those verses to share with you. Each of these remind us who we are.
I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
I am helped by God. (Heb. 4:16)
I am reconciled to God. (Rom. 5:11)
I am not condemned by God. (Rom. 8:1)
I am justified. (Rom. 5:1)
I have Christ’s righteousness. (Rom. 5:19, 2 Cor. 5:21)
I am Christ’s ambassador. (2 Cor. 5:20)
I am completely forgiven. (Col. 1:14)
I am tenderly loved by God. (Jer. 31:3)
I am the sweet fragrance of Christ to God. (2 Cor. 2:15)
I am a temple in which God dwells. (1 Cor. 3:16)
I am blameless and beyond reproach. (Col. 1:22)
I am the salt of the earth. (Matt. 5:13)
I am the light of the world. (Matt. 5:14)
I am a branch on Christ’s vine. (John 15:1, 5)
I am Christ’s friend. (John 15:5)
I am chosen by Christ to bear fruit. (John 15:6)
I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing his inheritance with him. (Rom. 8:17)
I am united to the Lord, one spirit with him. (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am a member of Christ’s body. (1 Cor. 12:27)
I am a saint. (Eph. 1:1)
I am hidden with Christ in God. (Col. 3:3)
I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved. (Col. 3:12)
What can I say? He knows me better than I know myself. And I think He knew when my dad built the desk, it would also serve as “the spot” where I would meet with Him.