It’s pretty entertaining to watch my almost 5 year old son and my 2 year old daughter attempt to play hide and seek together. Gus totally understands the concept. When he’s “it”, he rests his head against his forearm resting on a tree, he closes his eye, he counts to ten, and then he seeks. He looks for Beau who is 99% of the time hiding on the front porch. Beau on the other hand isn’t great at being “it”. She covers her mouth instead of her eyes, she does count to 10 pretty good, but then she forgets about the whole seeking thing. Gus would be hiding around the corner of the house forever if we didn’t remind Beau that she was supposed to be looking for him. She gets distracted by flowers, the neighbors cat, or balancing on the rocks around the flower bed. Her seeking skills need some work.
In John chapter 4 Jesus, tired from traveling, sits down at a well. A Samaritan woman who has been married 5 times and is currently living with her boyfriend comes to the well to draw water. Jesus asks her for a drink. Jewish guys did not talk to Samaritan gals, so this lady is caught off guard and asks Jesus if He realizes who He is talking to. Of course He did, and He was about to make sure she realized who she was talking to- not just any Jewish guy, the son of God.
He tells her about the living water of eternal life available through Him and then He lets her know He knows about her past. He knows about her failed marriages and her live in boyfriend. Interesting what subject she brings up next.
John 4:20 Our forefathers worshiped on this mountain, but you [Jews] say that Jerusalem is the place where it is necessary and proper to worship.
Some people think she was trying to change the subject. I don’t. I think she was convicted and captivated all at the same time. She knew she was in sin, but she wanted to change. She wanted to worship the God who sent this “prophet” to tell her about her past and about the living water, but she didn’t know where she should do it.
Jesus gives her a great answer,
John 4:21-23 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
In other words, it doesn’t matter where you worship, but HOW you worship. If you worship in spirit and truth God will find you. He’s a good seeker! He doesn’t count to ten and then forget about you. If you are in your car worshiping in spirit and in truth, He’ll seek you out. If you are on the beach, in the mountains, in the shower, at church, in a hospital bed, or wherever, if you are truly worshipping Him, He’ll find you!
If you aren’t truly worshipping you may be stuck around the corner for a while. He wants to seek you, but He’ll wait until you are genuinely seeking Him to do so.
How do you know if you are worshipping in spirit and in truth?
The Message makes it so very clear,
“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship… Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
- God is seeking genuine worshippers who worship in spirit and truth.
- It doesn’t matter where we worship, but how we worship. It would be hard to make it to a mountain to worship with 2 kids and one on the way.
- Jesus was so smooth. I love reading the conversations He had with people in the Gospels.
- We can be ourselves in worship, God prefers us just the way we are.
- Watching my kids play hide and seek. Always entertaining.
- Slept great… not always the case with Josh is not next to me.
- My nephew Justin and 10 other men got filled with the spirit last night at the Rocky Mountain Men’s Summit!
- Josh and Justin are getting to do some good bonding.
- The rain stayed away for our play date at the park this morning.
- Had a great time watching the kids play and visiting with some of my favorite girls.
- My kids got to experience a merry-go-round. I didn’t know those were legal at parks anymore!
- Frisco has parks everywhere!
- Picnic lunch. I prefer when squirrels clean up my kids crumbs instead of me.
- Gus’ buddy Alex got to come over and play with him while I worked and Beau napped.
- Gus has discovered his new favorite food: Garlic Bread.
- My cold, kosher dill pickle spear before I start making dinner. Pregnant is fun.
- Left overs for dinner.
- Frozen Yogurt Dessert.
- The kids always choose fruit over candy for their yogurt toppings.
- Explored the new walking trails by our house. The kids loved our walk and seeing all the dogs that were out for walks as well.
- Beau told me in a very serious conversation that she wants a green puppy that will dance with her.
- Gus read to me tonight! “Biscuit’s Big Friend.” He did so good!
- My niece is moving to Texas! Just 15 minutes from where I live.
- Decided not to work tonight… Idol instead.
- Sweet congratulations text from Josh Hall… who isn’t really 39 by the way.
- Josh comes home tomorrow! Ready!
- I had to move my Paul Mitchell quick slip hair stuff to the kid’s bathroom because the other female in our house has enough hair that it needs to by styled after a bath now!