I was in one aisle of JoAnn’s Fabrics looking for magnets, and I could hear a mom with her toddler in the next aisle.
He was making barely intelligible comments about everything, and she was sweetly responding to whatever he said, as if he were an adult engaging her in rich conversation. It made me remember when my kids were little and they talked and asked questions until sometimes, in self-defense, I would beg them to stop talking –just for a minute?
Why? my daughter would ask and continue her I-don’t-even-need-to-take-a-breath commentary.
I’m glad God invites our words instead of growing weary of them.
Talk on, we are told. Don’t ever stop.
Whatever we’re feeling and thinking, whatever questions come up –the fears we need to speak -all those words are welcome. Some people, well, you can see they actually lean in and want to hear what you have to say.
My sister-in-law is one of those. She made me coffee yesterday, and we chatted in between rounds she was refereeing between her twin 4-year-old boys. She kept asking questions, because she really wanted to know about my life.
The listeners make you feel safe and wanted. The listeners make you feel important, like there’s a cozy welcome for everything that’s inside of you.
God never gets tired of listening.
So that’s why Paul says,
“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NASB)
See God leaning in toward you.