Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?” And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”
– Exodus 33:13-18 (ESV) Emphasis mine
Many years ago, and by the date in the pic it was in the neighborhood of 14 years ago, I was sitting at the computer one night and Zach came over and asked a question. He had a very good vocabulary for a little guy less than two years old, and I’m not sure why I did it, but I got the microphone down close to him and recorded the audio in the clip below:
He loved anything and everything about the computer and was always hopping up into my chair and grabbing the mouse. He was a natural. I don’t know how many times I would come back to the computer and find all the icons rearranged – or gone. Some of it was his natural bent toward tech. Some of it was he wanted to be like Dad, and Dad worked on the computer.
Over the years, we switched out computers a few times, but I have never gotten rid of that sound file. It brings a smile to my face every time I hear it because it takes me back to the days when he was so little and interested in everything that I did. “Whatcha doin’?” was a very common phrase in our house as he would toddle along behind me. Whether outside, in the garage, at the computer, in the basement, or just coming in the house, it was almost a greeting, but I see now it was more than that.
That little guy’s query was a constant reminder of his desire to be a part of what was going on in my life. He wanted to know everything! Sometimes the answer would be enough in itself and off he would go to do his own thing, but other times it would prompt second questions or a request to help – to be involved.
This little guy will be 16 in five months. Hard to believe how fast time flies. He still asks the question from time to time, but the voice is a bit deeper now. The hair on his head is a little darker, and there is a definite shadow of a beard on his face. He doesn’t look up at me to ask the question like he did back then because he can just about look me in the eye now. So much has changed, and it seems like a blink or two ago.
When Zach would ask me that question as a little boy, he was in pursuit of something. I was too thick to notice it all the time, and really only picked it up as I started writing this post, but he was looking for a way to be a part of what I was doing. I was focused on a task, an obstacle, a schedule, or a demand, but he was focused as much on getting to know me as he was on the work I was involved in. Like I said earlier, sometimes the knowledge of what I was doing was enough, but other times he would join me in what I was doing. In hindsight, I probably too often turned him aside with excuses ranging from, “I don’t have time to let him help. It’s not safe for him. I want it done right.” I could have done better.
2015 is here. Just like every year, people are thinking about the future. What will this year hold? Where will we be in twelve months? We always get this way in late December and early January as we think about the unknown. How will we get to the goals we have set? Who will help? Will I be happy? Those questions have something in common. As well-intentioned as they may be, they are about ourselves. They’re not bad, but could we possible find a better option? Could we focus on our new year in a more Relentless way?
There are things I want to see happen this year, but there is something that I want to start doing particularly in my Quiet Times with God. As I look at this new year, I am taking lesson from my son. I am going to take more time to ask God, “Whatcha doin’?” In my life, my family, my job, my friends, my church – God, Whatcha doin’?
Three reasons I want to do this:
1. I want keep a daily focus on God. Keeping daily focus on God by reading His Word and talking to Him about my life, the lives of those I love, and the things that cross my path will keep my heart soft toward His direction.
2. I want to join Him. If I am looking to God and asking Him to tell me what He is doing, I will see opportunities to join Him in things that He wants me to join Him in. I won’t join Him in everything He is doing because I might not be the person He wants involved in it, but I will never join Him in anything if I am not asking what He is doing.
3. I need His help. I can do things on my own, but I need Him to show me the things that I am doing poorly. I want Him to grow me, and if I am left to myself, then I will never be anything like what I can be with God.
When my son was little, I so very much enjoyed watching him trying to be like me. Now that he is older, the feeling is more of a satisfaction. I am pleased when his interests are in tune with mine and he wants to join me in the things I do. I take joy in his individuality and in watching him pursue his passions, and I take joy in those times he wants to be like me.
I think God is the same way. He made us all to be different, but He made us all to seek relationship with Him. He made us all to have a free will, and He made us all have a desire to be a part of something bigger. He has great joy in watching us use the gifts and talents He gave us that have no “real spiritual value”, and He loves it when we engage in activities that draw our hearts closer to His.
So, this year, this is my challenge to you. Ask God, “Whatcha Doin’?” Look for Him in His Word. Get to know Him better. See how He worked in the lives of His people in the Bible. Seek out those around you that are showing Him at work in their lives. Look inside yourself and see if there is anything holding you back from getting involved in something big for God, and let me say this. If it is with God, it is big. He is a big God, even in the little things.
So, can you do me a favor? If you are reading this, could you share it with your friends and then do one more thing for me? I’d love to know something. This year, “Whatcha doin'” to know God better? “Whatcha doin'” to be Relentless in your growth in Christ? “Whatcha doin'” to build relationships with others? Message me or comment below. I’d love to pray for your year too!
In HIS Grip,