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Monday, August 3, 2009

Whispers of Love in the Dark

Yesterday my daughter, Megan, and I played hide and seek with Mikaela (6) and Eli (4). When we first started playing Megan and Eli were partners and Mikaela was my partner.

When Megan and Eli were hiding, we didn’t have a very hard time locating them. Mikaela and I just had to listen carefully and we could usually hear Eli’s little voice whispering. Or a giggle. Or both.

There was even a few times that I had spotted their hiding place right off and tried to act like I didn’t see them. I would holler out, “Mikaela, I don’t think they are in here!” and Eli’s precious little voice would say, “Look in the closet!” So, you see, it wasn’t very hard to find Megan and Eli. It was funny to me because it just seemed like he wanted to be found. He just couldn’t stand it if we didn’t find him quick enough. He would help us out and give us hints while still in hiding.

When it was my turn to have Eli for my partner, I was determined to keep that little fella quiet! I even told him that we had to be very quiet and still so his mama and sister couldn’t find us.

As we were hiding in the back corner of Melissa’s closet, we were behind a row of long white bags of formal gowns. We were hidden from sight in the dark closet. We had found a perfect hiding place. We waited for them to come find us and we were very still and very quiet.

Suddenly in the darkness this little voice whispers to me, “Nana?”. Quickly I whispered back to him, “Eli, we have to be quiet”. A silent hush filled the darkness and then…

This sweet little voice whispered, “But Nana, I love you”. As my heart melted and filled with unspeakable joy and love, I whispered back, “Oh, precious, I love you too”.

You see, Eli just wanted that reassurance in the dark that love was there. He just wanted that reassurance that he wasn’t alone. He desired some communication with me.

When we are ensconced in the deep darkness of our time alone with God, we too, long for that revelation of His love for us. We long to know that we aren’t alone. We long to hear His voice. We long for some sort of reminder that He is with us.

We revel in the quiet as we seek Him. We bask in the glory of His definite presence. We savor that sweet oneness that we feel as we commune with Him. We take joy in the intimacy we feel as we meet with Him in the dark recesses of our closets.

And then we long to hear. We long to know. We can’t help ourselves. Our voices whisper in the dark.

“I love you, Lord.”

And in the quiet darkness we hear Him say, “Oh my precious child. I love you, too.”

And then we have peace.

Beth

22 comments:

Deb said...

It always humbles me when I read a post such as this one. It reminds me that all God really wants, is for me to love Him.....it really is that simple.
Thanks Beth!
Blessings!
Deb

Cricket said...

Once again you have made me smile. A simple story of your day, a simple children's game-yet God showing you things, things to share with us...things that we all need as reminders...things to make our walk more enjoyable.

Blessings to you
Tessa

Alleluiabelle said...

Oh My Precious Friend,

As I read through this, I felt so much love and happiness and as you gently rolled it into being all about Him and being in His presence too, feeling Him, hearing Him, I trembled with excitement with a love so absolutely of Him and for Him.

Oh my, my, my how you touched me so today sweet friend.

I love you.
Alleluiabelle

Denise @ A Sacred Longing said...

Whispers in the dark, simple yet profound.

Oh what a sweet moment that was for a Nana's heart, I am sure.

Shalom,
Denise

Misty said...

Oh...excuse me as I grab a tissue! - okay, I'm back. Beautiful post, Beth. Absolutely wonderful of you to share with us! Thank you!

Loren said...

awww Beth this is so very precious! I can just hear his sweet little voice now!

Can you just imagine ~ how much this fills your heart to overflowing~ how much more our Fathers heart is moved when we seek him in the stillness of the quiet!
Makes me think of how WIDE, LONG, DEEP AND HIGH the Lords love is!!!!

So glad you were able to have coffee with JD this morning! Laughter and your love is soo good for him :) I am praying for him everyday and Lois too!
Thankyou for your prayers for Dad!

love and blessings to you!!

Beth in NC said...

How sweet is that?!?!?! Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

petrii said...

Beth,
I woke up with the song "Revelation" by Third Day singing in my head. And for some reason this post is reminding of that song.

"Give me a revelation Lord,
I'm nothing without You,
I'm nothing without You."

I love it that He loves us so and wants a relationship with us. amazing!!!

I hope this comment has made sense =)

Have a Blessed day friend,
Dawn

Lauren said...

this is such a wonderful post ... I am praising God right now for His abundant love for us! He is such a good God! Thank you for your encouraging words on my post yesterday! I love your visits!! :)

Robin's New Song said...

Amen Beth, isn't it comforting knowing that in our pursuit of Gods presence, that He delights in our finding Him? like in a game of hide and seek, we seek Him,needing to hear His whispers, but really He is seeking us. Wonderful reminder!

Bless you today,

Robin

Greg C said...

What an awesome post. I know I sometimes cut my son's conversation short, thinking that I know what he is about to say only to find out that he wanted to say something totally different.

I think we do that with God sometimes. We hear God speaking but before he finishes, we cut him off and head off in our own direction. I think that falls in with the patients thing that the Bible speaks of. I am learning.

Tea With Tiffany said...

I love what God teaches me about hide and seek. I've had similar sweet moments with my kids and sensed God's presence and His love. Thank you for touching my heart again today with this visual reminder. Beautiful.

Love,

Tiffany

Tammy said...

A beautiful lesson, thanks for your visit to my blog!☺

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

My tears speak the witness of just how much this post means to me this night. I need to hear his love over me.

Thanks.

peace~elaine

Nancy M. said...

Such a sweet story! Kids can make you feel so special!

Faith Imagined said...

Oh I just love this! Children just bring us closer to God!

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Very. Very. Very nice. God whispers those "I love yous" so frequently ... Now if I'd just slow down enough to listen ...

Yolanda said...

THIS ROCKS!

Praise His Name!

Lovingly,
Yolanda

Liesa said...

Dearest Beth,
Thank you very much for commenting on my blog. Your comment was very encouraging and so very sweet. It's good to meet you, a fellow pastors wife and mother.

And yes, please pray for the young lady I mentioned in my post. Her name is Keri Cain. She is awaiting a heart transplant.

Another yes, please pray for me and my family as well as we serve our Awesome and Wonderful Lord Jesus.

God Bless you. I look forward to learning more about you.

Have a terrific day,
Liesa

LisaShaw said...

Oh Beth this just blessed my heart!!!

Sounds like me when I'm whispering to Abba Father "I love You" especially when I'm needed that extra reassurance that He's there and that He knows I love and need Him and that I appreciate His love.

Beautiful sharing. I love you.

Laurie said...

How precious. Yes, we do all want that reassurance. Hide and seek w/my kids reminds me of the same things. God isn't far--- He wants to be found. Love, Laurie

TRUTH SHARER said...

Oh - I love the end of this post!

There is nothing like the Love of Jesus in our lives.

Choosing JOY, Stephanie
[JESUS - The One I Thirst For]