“Come, Unc!” they say with their little hands stretched out in my direction. I live for those moments; they cause my heart to overflow. I take the tiny hands of my niece and nephew into my mine and ask where they are taking me. Turns out no where, really! They just wanted to walk with me and be with me for a moment. It is a treat to my soul more delectable than a French pasty is to my tastebuds — and I am obsessed with almond croissants!
My niece and I spend a lot of time together. Sometimes, while we are hanging out, I just spin her in my swivel chair until she can’t walk straight — always sure that I’ll hear a repetitive “Again?” after I stop. Sometimes we play guitar together and sing ‘Good, Good Father’ — she’s two and knows almost every word. Sometimes she sits with me while I write. And sometimes we listen and sing along to nursery rhymes and the alphabet song on YouTube — her favourite thing to do at the moment!
I’m going to be honest with you, people. Singing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ and the ‘ABCs’ over and over again under most circumstances would not do it for me! Yet, I find myself singing it over and over again with great delight and joy. I know for certain the delight and joy has nothing to do with what I am singing, but rather who I am singing with. Sharing these simple moments with her or my nephew are true gifts to my heart.
I often find myself in this situation with Jesus. I love to ride my bike with Him, I love to sit at coffee shop’s with Him, and I love to read with Him. Spending time with God doesn’t have to be the rigid exercise it’s often built up to be. We could spin in our office chairs with a heart focused on Him. We could play guitar or we could write with a heart focused on Him. We could even sing children’s songs with a heart focused on him, although I have had more than my fill personally, and it would still all be a gift to His heart.
Experiencing the joy and gift received from simple times with my niece and nephew has shown me how much He enjoys the simplest of moments with each and every one of us, not because of what is happening, but because of who He is with while it happens — you! Oh, how our Heavenly Father must relish in even the simplest of moments with us when we reach out our hands invitingly, headed no where but into His presence!
It’s a gift I want to give Him every single day and it’s one that you can give Him too.