Monday, February 9, 2009


One thought occurs to me this morning. Yes, just one so far because I haven't had my coffee yet. But it is a challenging thought, so before I sip from my favorite mug, I"m going to drink deeply from His cup... because I'm parched. My sweet friends, this week, it's my turn to be transparent with you.

My question for you is this: Why, OH WHY would God have any desire to spend quality time with me?

I know by faith, He wants my attention.

I know by faith, He deeply loves me.

I know by faith, He longs to hear me raise my voice in worship.

I know all this by faith. I hear His voice calling for my presence.

He, our MOST HIGH GOD is relentless in His pursuit of us - of me - of you. By faith, I know this, but WHY? And if we knew the answer to that question, would our Linger time increase? Would it transform?

...My dear sisters, another thought just occurred to me. I'm going to stay real here. And at the risk of being vulnerable, I'm not going to revisit, delete or discredit my questions from above. However, I am going to tell you what I just now, this very moment, heard in my spirit. I pray it profoundly ministers to you, as it just did to me. My parched soul is finding relief as I type these words.

I (We) do NOT need to know, and can't humanly understand the WHY of His desire for me (us). I (We) only need TRUST in knowing He does. The question of WHY now becomes a question of TRUST through faith. In every question above, I interrupted the dialogue with, by faith. And this is something I do know about faith:

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 (NIV)

AS a result of this revelation today, my challenge to you (and me) is this. Will you join me in search of Scriptures that assure us of God's desire of our presence - Scriptures that share His pursuit of us? Let me start with one of my favorite Scriptures of God's attention to me (and you):

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

I'm so completely blessed by these words - The Word - this morning. Thank you for allowing me to be completely transparent with you. We are, after all, on this life journey together. Let's Linger in fellowship not only with our Lord, but together to encourage one another.



Robbie Iobst said...

"I have loved you with an ancient love; therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn you." Jeremiah 31:3

Sharen Watson said...

Robbie... Thank you so much.

Jan Parrish said...

I do not remember a time in my life when God and I didn't talk. As far back as I can remember, He has been with me. And now, even as I write this I realize how blessed I am that we've had this ongoing dialog.

I think that's why I've never questioned why He wants to spend time with me. I formally accepted Jesus into my heart at the age of four, but I know we were talking to each other before that.

Think of how happy you are hanging with your kids. No one asks you why you want to be with them. They are your kids- Of coarse you want to be with them. That's how he feels. Now amplify that with quality time. Think of one those great talks you've shared with Shawna. That's how He feels when we pour out our heart to Him.

I'm probably jumping ahead to your next posting. :)

Sharen Watson said...

Jan... It's true. I do want to be with my kids. It's one of the main reasons we moved back to TX. And of course you know that :-)

But you know what? There are those few times that I'm not so happy with my kids. Do I really want to be with them at that point? Not really. It's a conflicting internal reaction... one that I wish I didn't feel.

Maybe that's why the human side of me asks WHY God would want to spend time with me when I do or say things that I know must displease Him.

But I have to remember:

I know, in my spirit, that the Lord's affection (agape) for me never ever changes but the conflict come in humanly knowing that.

LIngering in the Spirit (by faith) provides the means to answering the WHY question. Humanity itself could never answer that question for me.