Friday, February 10, 2012

From Shiny Bathroom Tiles

Floor tile in Karpas, northeastern Cyprus. 

tile and marble at Topkapi Palace Istanbul

Window Apartments of the Crown Prince in the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

 “Mooooooom! Mama? Maaaaaaama!”

Lusty-chested bellows ricocheted off the bathroom tiles. Bath-time splashes and naval battles had subsided.

“Mooooooom?   I done. Maaaaaaamaaa! I done.”

Even with only an inch or two of water in the tub and the door open, I had been monitoring my three year old very closely. I was nearby and knew he was safe, but I was on the phone.  Hurrying to wrap up the conversation, I edged to the bathroom.

“Mooooooom?! I done. I get OUT! Maaaaamaaa?”

Even as I was walking towards the door, he erupted into staccato mode. “Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom.”

Swooping into the bathroom, I wrapped him in a sea-green towel and hugged him close.

“I was coming. I just had to finish on the phone,” I murmured as I kissed his fresh face.  Happy in my arms, he snuggled in, warming up in the towel’s layers. Soon, he was dressed and scampering off, wet swirls of dark hair still coiling up his head and cheek.

His attitude struck me. Never was Daniel afraid or worried that I wouldn’t come. In fact, the very presence of yells displayed the knowledge that I was there, that I would hear, that I would aid him.

He called to me because he knew I would hear.

There was no fear of my anger or displeasure. No thought of my not coming through. Only the insistent yells, convinced that when I heard him, I would come.

Where are you at with your Abba Daddy today? His love is so much richer than our human love for each other, for our kids.

From our tiled bathrooms, carpeted living rooms, dark bedrooms, or traveling cars, we can yell out, Abba!  “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer” (Psalm 17:6).

From the hallway, from the dining room, from beside us, He will answer.
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).

What about you? What adds intimacy to your prayers? What are you praying for this week?


Michelle @ Changed By The Maker said...

Good one, Jen. So true. I guess the message is that we should just keep yelling until God answers us??? :-)

By the way, I left you a comment on my blog. You should be able to subscribe to comments so that you'll get my replies in your email box. I always reply--it would go against my nature not to!

Jennifer Dougan said...

Hi Michelle,

Keep calling out to him, or "be assured that he is listening" was my take away. Seeing a glimpse into a tender daddy's heart is always good for me.

I'm the same way with comments too. Thanks.


Zoe said...

Great post here Jennifer.
Thanks for your suggestion on my blog. I have posted a few quotes from my current read: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Vockamp. From the feedback, a lot of people are reading this book.I'll take your suggestion and share some of the truths the Lord has been whispering to my heart. Happy Weekend!

Jennifer Dougan said...

Hi Zoe,

Yes, Ann's book has impacted me too! I appreciate how Paul mentioned twice that he was learning the secret of contentment. I am practicing, cultivating, learning it as well.

I enjoy that you call us your "lovelies" on your site. :) It will be neat to keep reading what God puts on your heart.


AmyAlves said...

what am I asking God for right now... inner healing and rest. Resting in His quiet but powerful presence! Thanks for another great post Jennifer! -Many Blessings To You, Amy

Jennifer Dougan said...

Amen, Amy!


Stacy @ Heartprints of God said...

SO very thankful He is ALWAYS there and ALWAYS listening to the cries (and even the whispers and groanings) of our heart. :)

Thank you for this reminder and thank you for linking up!

Happy Friday to you-