Just the Two of Us

One of my favorite modern evangelists is Ron Hutchcraft. His down-home style is a must read for me every morning. He has a way of weaving a message into everyday life.

This morning’s message was particularly meaningful, so much so I want to share it with you. It was about being extraordinary ordinary.

So, without further ado, heeeerrrreees Ron …

Five thousand miles in one month! That’s not too bad if you’re in an airplane, but that’s how far I drove one summer and still often do. (Although I should say my wife does a lot of the driving these days.) But back then I just about ran the wheels off of our van driving from one conference, or speaking assignment, or college trip to another. Let’s see, if I averaged 50 mph, that means I drove for 100 hours. Oh, man!

Well, it was a great time, it really was. You know why? My wife was with me. We finally got to be together for extended blocks of time with no phone, no errands to do, no people to take us away. We didn’t talk all the time, although we had a lot to catch up on. We probably could have been catching up for about 100 hours. Right?

Sometimes we just played music, or occasionally we would just spontaneously pray about something together. Or a lot of times we just enjoyed the silence or some of the beautiful scenery. And then every once in a while you’d hear the silence punctuated with an occasional comment or just an “I love you.” I think my wife spoke for both of us when she described what was so nice about all those 5,000 miles. She said, “It was just so great being in your company; just the two of us.” {I think that was always my favorite part of road trips, too!!}

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Just the Two of Us.”

You know, relationships need time together and especially times when there’s like no agenda. It really enriched me to have that kind of time with my wife during all that driving. There’s another relationship that might be a need, maybe desperate need of some “just being” time.

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Psalm 42, out of the heart of David, verses 1 and 2. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God; for the living God. And then he asks this powerful question, When can I go and meet with God?

That’s the cry of a believer for the greatest emotional need he has — to be intimate with his Lord. When is the last time you just sat down with Jesus and enjoyed His company? Or do you only see Him when you have a list for Him?

Jeremy was over at our house with his parents, and he’d been downstairs playing. Suddenly he came into the living room and kind of sat down in his Dad’s lap, and his Dad liked that. His Dad kind of wrapped his arms around him, started to cuddle him, and Jeremy didn’t settle down; he just kept wiggling. He looked up at his Dad and he said, “Daddy, you know I’m not sitting here just because I want to be with you.” Great! Yeah, he needed something.

Wow! How often is that me with my Heavenly Father, or you maybe? In fact we say, “Well, I’m not here just because I want to be with You; I’ve got my list. I need something.” But you’re growing up as a child of God when you want to be with God just to be with God. You say, “Ron, I don’t really feel that way yet.” Well, that’s okay. Tell Him that. Ask Him for the desire for His company; this passion that David had just to be with Him. “When can I go and meet with God?”

We have the indescribable privilege to cuddle in the lap of the King of the Universe; to call Him “Daddy”; to let Him comfort our battered emotions; to speak new ideas and insights into our quiet heart. He can’t do that while you’re talking to Him. To be real, real close, you can’t just run in and run through your “pleases” and “thank yous” and then run out. You can do all that, but then stay a little longer.

I think you and Jesus will feel the same way about it. It’s like my wife said, “It was so great just being in your company, Lord, just the two of us.”

Visit Ron’s website for more spiritual aids, http://www.hutchcraft.com/

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: You have to remember, you are in a controlled environment. It may seem your circumstances are out of control, but the creator of the universe is in complete control. He has you in the palm of His hand. Nothing can happen to you without His permission.

About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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