While busily cleaning the home, our three year old son, Brandon was talking to me, but I wasn’t listening. My mind had shifted into autopilot. Without knowing what Brandon was saying, I was answering him, “uh,huh.”
His desperate words, “Mommy, look at me with your face,” woke me up from my “zoned out” frame of mind. I looked at Brandon’s sweet little face framed in blond curls. I peered into Brandon’s big brown anticipating eyes. Discontinuing what I was doing, I stooped down to get face to face, and said, “I’m sorry, Brandon! I am listening now.”
Do any of you Mom’s suffer at times from zoning out with your young children, or was I the only Mom who did this? Brandon desired my undivided focused attention. Brandon wanted my face towards him, and he was desperately seeking my face. After I listened attentively, he went on his way content.
Like Brandon, I desire God to give me focused, individual, undivided attention. I desire to have God’s face turned toward me. I would not like it very much if God went into autopilot and did not pay attention to my needs and prayers. Wouldn’t it be awful if God zoned out when we needed Him? The wonderful thing is, God will never ever do such a thing. God loves each of us more than anyone else loves us. God is sometimes silent for a time of testing, but He is always trustworthy, and He will lead us.
Just as my son desired me to seek his face, God desires for us to seek His face. “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.” (Psalm 27:8) God loves it when I seek His face. He wants me to get his attention and spend one-on-one time with Him talking with Him and in His Word.
I was reading in Mark 4:35-40 how Jesus told the disciples that they were going to the other side in a little ship. During the journey, a storm raged and the disciples felt as if they were about to perish. The disciples finally took their focus off the storm enough to turn their face to Jesus in the midst of the storm. What was Jesus doing during the storm. Jesus was sleeping peacefully on a pillow in the little ship. As soon as the disciples told Jesus their concern, Jesus arose and stopped the storm with His Words. There is power in The Words of the Lord.
When we get disturbed by life, we must turn our face to Jesus and tell the Lord all about it. The problems of our life disturb the Lord too when we seek His face. It would have done the disciples no good to try to battle the storm in their own strength. After the disciples got the Lord’s attention, the Lord then taught the disciples face-to-face about their fear and their need for faith. Storms in our life can take on many forms: sickness, death of a loved one, rejection, hurt, abuse, unkindness, financial loss, unemployment, rebellious children, and so on.
After the disciples got into the face of Jesus and cast their burden on Him, Jesus got them to the other side, just like He said. We need to allow God to get in-our-face to help us when we are in a trial. He may tell us we are being fearful and we need to replace that fear with faith in Him and in His Word. We need to seek His face and surrender. He will encourage our hearts and get us to the other side. He is the Prince of Peace. The Lord will give the miracle of peace within our hearts even when we are in the most grievous pain. If God brings us to it, God will bring us through it.
Jesus knew that the disciples would face the storm. In fact He directed them into the storm saying, “Let us pass over unto the other side.” Sometimes, the Lord allows storms to enter our lives to strengthen our faith in Him and to help us become stronger in Christ. I hate to confess this, but when everything is going well for me, I find I do not cry out to the Lord as much as I do when I am in a storm. Storms get my attention, and then I desperately seek God’s attention.
There is one thing that causes God’s face to be hidden from me: Sin.
I read in Psalm 30:6 how the psalmist was prospering and everything was going great for him. In his pride, he boasted, “And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.” He forgot his need for God, because everything was going his way. Then the bottom fell out and the Psalmist was humbled and confessed his sin to God.
What direction is my face today? What direction is Your face today? I don’t want the Lord to put me flat on my back, so I will be forced to look up and seek His face.
God’s face had been hidden because of the Psalmist’s sin of pride, but after confessing his sin, God’s face was turned toward the Psalmist as he humbly cried out to God for help. “LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication. Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.” (Psalm 30:7,8,10)
Then the Psalmist goes on to say that God answered his prayers by turning his grief into gratefulness. The Psalmist started praising and thanking God after God turned His face towards him.
We need to stay right with God, so His face is not hidden. He hides his face if we live life our own way and not dependent on God. I ask the Lord daily to create in me a clean heart. The Lord is faithful to reveal when I am wrong. I am grateful for that revelation from Him, so His face will be towards me.
God wants my individual attention, because He loves me. He desires your individual attention, because He loves you. He wants me to tell Him everything. I mean everything…not just in the morning but all through the day. My concerns are His concerns. He wants to talk to me as I read His Word. I come face to face with Jesus when I pray and when I allow Him to speak to me through His Word.
Our children want us to look at them with our face during the day. Our husband also wants us to look at him with our face. Let us remember to make our loved ones feel special today by giving them one-on-one, face-to-face positive attention and a good listening ear. Let us show kindness by turning our faces to our loved ones and giving them a nice word of encouragement. Encouragement can be life changing.
“Dear Lord, I don’t want to do things my way. I desire to have Godly wisdom. I desire a close intimate relationship to You, to know You. Therefore, I seek your face, Lord. Turn Your face towards me. If there be any hindrance, please reveal this to me now. Lord, let me rise above the storms of life by allowing You to lift me up.
Help me remember to show respect to my loved ones by turning my face today to my husband, my children, and grandchildren. Let me show love to others You bring across my path by giving them the gift of face to face encouragement. Let me not get so busy I forget to turn my face towards those that matter. Lord, make your face to shine upon thy servant so I can radiate Christ.” (Psalm 31:16)
At this time, please join my in prayer for those who have lost their children in the tragedy of Connecticut.
“Lord, there are grieving Moms and Dads in Connecticut right now. Please comfort the brokenhearted as only You can. Lord, let these grieving parents know that You care for them with a tender compassion. Let them know You are wrapping Your arms around them. You are the Prince of Peace. It is comforting to know each of those precious children are forever in heaven safe with you. Lord, thank You that these children will never be harmed again and they are in a place of happiness. Lord, thank You for Your lovingkindness and bless You for Your comfort to those who are in mourning. In Jesus Name, Amen!”