God Wants To Hug YOU!!!
June 12, 2012
Recently, my son Gavin and I had the following conversation:
Gavin: Dad, how come you hug me a lot?
Me: Because I like hugging you
Gavin: How come?
Me: Because it makes me happy.
Gavin: How come?
Me: Because I love you very much
And before it turned onto a long series of "how come" questions, I asked him:
Me: Do you like it when I hug you?
Me: How come?
Gavin: Because I love you too.
Since becoming a father to two amazing boys, I have been privileged to experience special moments like these. This particular moment though was extra special because it gave me an insight on how God wants to relate to us. It was simply this: As much as I, an imperfect, sinful, earthly father, wants to hug my son, your perfectly good and heavenly Father wants to hug YOU!
It brings home a point that Fr. Larry Richards wrote about in his book Surrender! In it he wrote something about prayer that a lot of us seem to forget to do: allow God to hold us. We are very versed in asking God for the things we want and need and we're very diligent in asking for His mercy and forgiveness. From time to time, we even remember to thank Him for the things He's given us. But very rarely do we sit still and allow Him to hold us.
As Fr. Larry outlines, what usually happens in our prayer is we say, "Lord, I need this and that and this other thing. Oh and I'm sorry for doing that. Oh and thanks, by the way, for this, etc. In Jesus name. Amen."
While God is saying to us, "Yes, yes, I know all these already. Can I hold you now?"
But we usually respond with, "Nah, I have to go to work or I have to do the laundry, etc."
So God just says, "Okay" and we run out and do our stuff.
He wants to hold YOU! He wants to wrap you in His embrace.
You may be inclined to ask, "How come?"
It is because He loves you very much. Simple as that.
So the next time you kneel before Him in prayer, let God show you how much He loves you. Fr. Larry has some very specific instructions that we can use in our prayer time. He writes,
'Now comes the most important part of the prayer. This is the one most people struggle with the most. The God of the Universe wants to embrace you, so you have to become a little boy or a little girl no matter how old you are now. You look at the God of the Universe, and you say "Jesus, hold me." Feel Christ, the God of the Universe, put His arms around you. Take your head and place it on His chest as John the Evangelist did at the Last Supper. Listen to His heartbeat. Every time His heart beats, He says, "I love you. I love you. I love you." Don't say a word. Be still and know that He is God. Be still and let God love you for the next few moments.'
May you experience His love profoundly. God bless and Happy Father's Day.
In Jesus Name,Bro. Oliver Arcilla
Fr. Larry Richards, Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God's Will (Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., 2011), 116.