The other night as I was bathing my seven month old daughter, she breathed in some water while I was rinsing the shampoo from the tiny amount of hair on her head. For a few terrifying seconds, she was gasping for air, then not breathing and finally, as I patted her back, she coughed and began to breath normally. It was scary for this first time mom and I cried as I dried her off. She was totally fine and happy, in fact, she didn’t even cry. But I wasn’t. Immediately after she was in her pajamas and peacefully asleep in bed, I texted a couple friends, called my mom and told the story. Their words of affirmation, comfort and compassion made me feel better and I was thankful for people to confide in. However, as I was doing all of this sharing, I felt a nudge from God.
I FELT A GENTLE NUDGE TO SHARE WITH HIM.
Remember when you were little and your parents were constantly hounding you to share your toys? It’s interesting to think it was such a struggle then, and now we have all grown up to be expert sharers. Maybe not of our possessions, but we live in a world where we do a lot of sharing, sometimes too much. As my grandpa put it: “I don’t want to tweet. I don’t want people to know I’m brushing my teeth!” He’s clearly not from our generation. I am a sharer. Whether it is emailing recipes and book recommendations to friends, posting photos of my baby and dog or sending my husband funny YouTube videos, I love to participate in community both in person and through the world of social media. Sometimes what I want to tell other people most are the happy moments in my day, but many times it’s also the things that bothered, upset or frustrated me. It’s how I’m wired and maybe how you are wired too. Community driven, social and participating in life with people around us.
WE ALL EXPRESS IT DIFFERENTLY AND TO VARYING DEGREES, BUT IN US ALL IS THE DESIRE TO CONNECT WITH AND BE KNOWN BY OTHERS.
As I felt prompted to share the bathtub story with God, I couldn’t help but think: “Does God really desire this type of intimate sharing?” You may wonder as well. Does He really want us to fill Him in on our concerns and even things that seem trivial or silly? I think He does, more than we know.
Matthew 10:29-31 tells us this:
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.”
God knows if a tiny bird falls to the ground and He knows the number of hairs on your head. Think about that for a minute. He knows the intimate details of your life and wants to share them with you. Yes, there are crazy things going on in the world and most of them feel bigger and more important than your lousy day at work or the comment someone made to hurt your feelings. But that is who God is.
He is big, strong and powerful, and also near, gentle and caring.
When was the last time you shared with God first rather than with other people? When was the last time you allowed Him to fellowship with you in the details of your life? Take time today to develop new depths of friendship with God by sharing with Him. And I bet you’ll find that He really does care.
This post was originally written by Jillian Armstrong – Antioch Baton Rouge Young Adult Pastor and UnBound Director