Joshua’s mom watched him through the window. She wondered what he was doing as he lifted his arms and talked to the sky. His favorite things were set up around the backyard, and he appeared to be having a very serious conversation. As he walked in the back door, she noticed his downcast look. “What were you doing outside?” she inquired. “I was asking Jesus to come down and play with me, but he didn’t come.” Wow. That got me thinking.
When is the last time I asked Jesus to come down? Really asked Him. Believing He would show up. The Bible tells us to have faith like a child. This is that kind of faith. Expecting to look up and see Jesus. Expecting the unimaginable. The miraculous. Expect God to do amazing things in your life. Because He will. You only need to ask.
Do I share my favorite things with my God? Or just my requests and concerns? We all know someone who can’t talk about anything good. That friend who only wants to talk about their problems and what they need. It’s draining. We are called to a relationship with Jesus. Relationship includes the bad and the good. Take time to tell God about all the wonderful things in your life… and thank Him.
How often do we miss the presence of God? Jesus comes down to us in many ways. Are we paying attention? I wonder how often I miss it. He is all around us. We can find His presence in the words of a friend, or a stranger. In nature. In silence. Amidst the storm. We must learn to quiet our thoughts and feel His presence. Easier said than done. Believe me. But also believe me when I tell you that the time and effort you invest will yield great rewards. God’s presence brings peace and joy that do not depend on the circumstances of life. (Phil 4:4-7) Open your eyes to see Him daily.
Philippians 4:4-7 says: 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I know that Joshua will grow in his faith and come to understand that the presence of Christ in our lives is found in more than a physical form. My hope for Joshua is that he never outgrows his childlike faith. That he spends his whole life asking Jesus to come down to him. My hope for you and for me is that we find this kind of faith. That we go outside, reach up to the sky, and say “Come play with me.”