Last week a friend commented about my blog and the 30 second rule. “That rule not only applies to parenting… it applies to all relationships!” She’s right!
But here’s the real kicker… this principle can also be applied between us and our Heavenly Father.
This face-full attention is exactly what our gracious Heavenly Father does for us, his children. Are we ever surprised that great parenting tips or people skills are actually based on how God interacts with us? In Numbers 6:24-26 God gave a special blessing to be used with His people. You may have heard it as a benediction:
“The LORD bless you and keep you, the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
The next time we feel like we are just clinging to the peripheral being of God, we need to take a moment and allow ourselves to imagine our Heavenly Father turning his face towards us. He drops to one knee, so to speak, looks directly into our eyes and gives us his full face. He promised that he would bless and keep us, be gracious to us and that he would turn his face toward us… so we need to envision God looking us right in the eye.
We can tell him exactly what we are feeling. Irrational, irreligious or even impertinent – God hears it all. In our pain and helplessness, and in full understanding and love… he faces us. Then, in an act that can only be described as gracious, he gives us his peace.
Because he is a perfect God, he will not limit his attention to 30 seconds. But quite honestly, when we walk and talk with God in the moments of our lives, a 30-second prayer is often all that is needed to regain a sense of his peace. If we are abiding in God, when we hit those moments of needing his attention, it is amazing how a 30-second connection is really all we need. It doesn’t replace the time and dedication that God wants from us in concentrated prayer and worship, but it is definitely how he wants to walk through each day with us. This is how we live life in his strength.
So in the next 30 seconds, imagine your heavenly Father turning his face toward you. Trust in his grace and allow his face to shine on you. Give him your worries and let him give you his peace. It may be the beginning of a lifestyle of enjoying 30 seconds of grace and peace…for everyone.