07 September 2013

"Mommy, I Want to be Where You Are!"

He's not clingy. He's just very sweet and expressive. This evening, all he wanted to do was be with me wherever I was in the house and do whatever it was I was doing. I told him earlier that iPad time is up and that he has to find something else to do... like play with his toys, read books, draw, or play with his brothers. He said that he just wants to be with me. He waited at the table while I was cleaning up the kitchen after dinner. While I was mopping the floor, I told him to sit and wait for me on the stairs. He said, "But mommy, I just want to be where you are. I want to be next to you." My heart, melted. But I had to finish mopping.

This reminded me of Don Moen's Praise and Worship song that I used to sing a lot as a teenager.

I Just Want to be Where You Are.
I just want to be where You are,
dwelling daily in Your presence
I don't want to worship from afar,
draw me near to where You are

I just want to be where You are,
in Your dwelling place forever
Take me to the place where You are,
I just want to be with You

I want to be where You are,
dwelling in Your presence
Feasting at Your table,
surrounded by Your glory
In Your presence,
that's where I always want to be
I just want to be,
I just want to be with You

Oh, my God,
You are my strength and my song
And when I'm in Your presence
Though I'm weak You're always strong
I just want to be
I just want to be with You

A very familiar passage from Psalms come to mind.

"One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord." (Psalm 27:1-4)

I am a home-buddy. I love being in my home and being with my family and doing things together. I like the comfort and security it brings. But my home doesn't compare to the rest, comfort, love, joy, and peace that the presence of Jesus brings. May my heart will always seek to be near my Lord and my God who is the Lover of my soul. Just like the words of my five-year-old, "I just want to be where You are, Lord." 

This was the view outside my bedroom window yesterday morning. Looking at the gorgeous hues of colors the sunrise brought to the sky, I felt like God sent me a hug. 

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