Thursday, May 24, 1:18 p.m., Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada.
And the thought that came to mind was, “Heavenly!”
These two read chairs, sitting next to the lake just behind the Fairmont Lodge, were so inviting. In the cool mountain air, with just a hint of breeze, I was thinking how nice it would be to just sit and talk.
This led me to folks who’ve gone on before me to heaven, and how one day maybe I’ll get to sit beside them in some idyllic setting such as this, and just catch up. I’d like to sit with my mother again like this and just talk like I did when I came home from college.
Then, I thought of my dad, struggling with the mysterious illness we call Alzheimer’s disease. I don’t remember many times when my dad and I just sat and talked. We played golf, we played card games at family times like Christmas or Thanksgiving. But there weren’t that many times when we would just sit and talk. Now, I wish he could remember me, and we could just sit and talk.
Inevitably, these thoughts today brought me to the idea of one day just sitting and talking with Jesus. How marvelous that will be! But wait…
I know it seems like prayer is a more formal exercise often only emphasized in church worship or at Bible studies, but doesn’t the Bible actually teach us that prayer is simply having a conversation with God? In fact on this day we celebrate as Father’s Day, what could please him more than if we simply pulled up two chairs together (wherever you are today), and just took the time to have a conversation with the Creator of the universe, our Heavenly Father? The Apostle Peter said it this way… 1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.