It was on the official to-do list. Sometimes we pull down the flour and sugar canisters and pull out the measuring cups and spoons because of a sweet tooth or just the fun of baking together.
Today, though, it was a must instead of a can, a have to instead of a get to, a duty and not a pleasure.
Bake sales, after all, require baked goods and cookies were to be our offering.
So the mission began, emptying cabinets of cookie cutters and dragging out the flour and rolling pin. Looking up from the recipe, though, I saw this cutie pie rolling herself out like a cookie and giggling hysterically.
Suddenly, there was joy just in being together, in the pure delight of presence. We took turns rolling out the dough and cutting out cookie shapes of hearts and flowers, butterflies, pumpkins and fall leaves.
Time in the kitchen so easily becomes a chore, cooking for necessity and baking on a deadline.
But moments together need to be rescued from task lists and enjoyed: Giggling over ourselves covered in flour. Teaching how to push the rolling pin across the dough. Recalling shared stories. Kissing tiny noses dotted in sugar. Admiring our goodies fresh from the oven and then sampling them as they cool.
So, when I pull down my Bible from the shelf and open my study book onto my kitchen table (still dusted with flour), it’s tempting to read to get it done, to check it off for the day and set it aside again until tomorrow.
“Devotions” is on my to-do list also.
Time in God’s presence, though, should be our joy and delight and the very life-breath to our suffocating souls. Never just a task on a to-do list waiting for the line crossing it out, time with our Lord should beckon us and fill us with longing for more.
Our verse for the week reminds us to delight in His Word and center our lives around this relationship with our God rather than relegating it to the outskirts of our time and hearts:
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do (Psalm 1:2-3 NLT).
Take pleasure in His presence.
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. Her upcoming book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, will be released in the Fall of 2013! To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
Copyright © 2012 Heather King