Wednesday, February 24, 2016

God has feelings, too

Year 4-Day 55: Today, I am thankful for Charlie Brown...and the reminder that God has feelings, too. 

I think most of us can relate to Charlie Brown in one way or another. The artist, Charles M. Schulz, applied the Walt Disney Disney Art Studios after high school, but they rejected him based on his drawing test. It was obvious,  Disney didn't think he had enough talent.  

Thank goodness he didn't stop drawing the day that rejection letter arrived. It must have been beyond disappointing and right into the discouraging, depressing category.  Still, the fire burned inside of him and he continued to draw.  There was a great deal of life for Schulz between Disney's rejection and real success.  He kept drawing.

Life has it's peaks and it's valleys, but it is lived day by day.  We have to press on.  The bigger plan is rarely revealed ahead of time and we miss the "foreshadowing" because we are living it. 

I am grateful we can talk to God, but do I forget at times that "God has feelings, too."? It is so easy to cry to to him in our distress, but ignore the opportunities to talk to him in pure relationship and even in the fun moments of life.  We can, literally, chat with him like the friend he wants to be. Building the kind of relationship where we know His heart...and he knows ours, too. 

Do we communicate our daily struggles? Or, just hope he doesn't notice? Nothing is hidden from we might as well "fess up". He wants to rescue, steady our feet, encourage and cheer our souls.  Our struggles fill him with compassion when shared in relationship. Isn't that what best friends do?   Share the struggles.   

If the Lord had not been my help,
    my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
18 When I thought, “My foot slips,”
    your steadfast love, O Lordheld me up.
19 When the cares of my heart are many,
    your consolations cheer my soul. -Psalm 94:17-19

How would we feel if someone never talked to us until they wanted or needed something?  We all have those people in our lives.  God does, too. I don't want to be one of them. He has feelings, too. 

Today is a great day to begin constant  and regular conversation with God. We can talk to him at stoplights, in the shower (He has already seen us naked), on the morning commute, over oatmeal and even in the grocery line. It goes faster when you take that time and turn it to conversation with God time. Take time to listen to him through Christian radio, music, corporate worship, his Holy Word and that still soft voice...His Holy Spirit and it whispers peace, calm and hope into every day we invite him to share. 

"Bless the Lord, oh my soul...worship his holy name..." Ten Thousand things to chat about and more. 

Today, I am thankful for Charlie Brown...and the reminder that God has feelings, too. 

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