He sat on the hillside side by side with his daddy.
“Why aren’t they playing with ME”?
His grandpa and uncles and a few others were playing boccie, which is an Italian version of lawn bowling.
He is normally the “center” of our world and his world too.
I’m speaking of my oldest grandson, who is 3 ½.
His daddy handled his question.
“Sometimes people do other things.
They will play again with you, I’m sure.”
His daddy later told me of this conversation.
I had seen them sitting side by side on the hillside that day.
I wasn’t sure what was going on.
I did see them watching the adults play their game.
Part of me felt sad because I don’t ever ever want my grandchildren to feel sad.
That’s impossible and I do realize that.
I love that they each feel as though they are the “center” of our world and in many ways they are, but I also know the danger of that concept.
Anne Graham Lotz writes “We ourselves seem to be the center-point as we pray. … We spend the majority of our prayers thanking God for what He’s done for us and then asking Him to do more for US.”
She gives insight into prayer and how to make God the center of our lives. When what matters to Him matters more than what matters to us, we are on the right track.
We are not god and He is not to fall in line with us.
It’s the other way around.
But even in this I see God’s beautiful plan and His grace.
We are to pray for His Kingdom to come and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
But…He desires to use us and to include us.
He wants us to come alongside Him and see His great and awesome plans in which we have a part to play.
He loves us.
We can come to Him humbly and yet boldly because we have been invited to come.
My grandchildren know deep within their soul that we love them.
They know we desire to be part of their lives.
We adore them.
We invite them to partake and be part of our lives as well.
It’s not one particular grandchild that is the “center”.
It’s not one particular adult that is their “center”.
It’s the bond between us, together, that makes it all work.
We’re better together.
That’s us with our Creator.
He is the center.
As we accept His invitation and share life with Him, we become fulfilled.
We gain a new mindset.
We are secure.
To quote Anne Graham Lotz one more time:
The following is from her book “The Daniel Prayer”
“Enthroned Living Lord
Everything revolves around You. Everything.
We worship you as…
The Center-point of the Universe,
The Center-point of time and space,
The Center-point of history,
The Center-point of life, meaning, and purpose today,
The Center-point of all our tomorrows,
The Center-point of prayer.”
He is the Center-Point. Period.
“I know that You can do anything and no plan of yours can be thwarted.”
He is the All in All!
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