Linda Birchall (Georgia, USA)
1 John 5:13-15
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I always have God’s full attention.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. – 1 John 5:14 (NIV)
When I was a young girl I loved to visit my grandmother, who lived about 200 miles away. She was always very busy — cooking, canning, washing, ironing, gardening, and sewing. Every time we visited, she had treats for us to eat, toys for us to play with, and games to keep us entertained on rainy days. Each afternoon she devoted time to reading her Bible and then listening to The Gospel Hour on the radio while doing some mending or shelling peas.
One special thing about my grandmother was that she found time, without fail, to listen to others — even to us kids. When I’d come to her with a thought or question, she would stop what she was doing and give me her full attention. I can see her face now, smiling and welcoming me.
Years later, when I was having some problems and trying to pray, I kept wondering if God had time to listen to all my seemingly childish thoughts and prayers. Then, the verses above from 1 John reminded me that my grandmother was reflecting the love of God — who is also very busy and yet always welcomes us.
Caring God, we know that when we reveal our thoughts and desires, you are there to listen, care for, and respond to us. Help us always to make time for you. Amen.