Have you ever watched a child, completely engrossed and involved in some activity or thing that they love? Perhaps they're marvelling over an interesting bug, or jumping for joy on a trampoline, or dancing, or getting caught up in a good book. They're so focused, intent, and just plain enjoying themselves. Without any guilt or feeling self-conscious about it.
It doesn't matter if the activity or object of their attention is of great importance to the rest of the world. It doesn't matter if anything is being "accomplished". What's important in that moment is that they're simply Being and Doing - just being themselves. It makes me smile, and gives me joy to watch that.
Don't you think that God feels the same way about all of us? Don't you think that God enjoys watching us, His children, just be ourselves? It's easy to feel, as an adult, that our day is supposed to be filled with the tasks that we need to do, responsibilities we have, things that just have to get done. And practically, there is much that we need to do each day. God must also delight in seeing us responsibly fulfill the work He's given us.
But how often do we allow ourselves to simply do something that we really enjoy? Something that makes us happy and is part of who we are? Without feeling guilty. Without feeling that that we're wasting time. Why do we feel guilty if we take a little time away from responsibilities to do something that fulfills us? God created each of us just as we are. He specifically gave us our individual interests, skills, personalities. It's not God's character to give us a particular interest, and then discipline us or be disappointed in us when we partake in it.
Apart from sinful or indulgent or harmful behaviors of course, I think that when we dive wholeheartedly into something that truly interests us or gives us joy, God delights in watching it.
I love photography. Sometimes I head out on a nice day or after a fresh snowfall with my camera to try to capture some good shots of God's beautiful creation. I sometimes feel so compelled that if I don't get some pictures, I'll just burst! Who gave me that desire? Aside from doing it too often, to the extent of completely ignoring my responsibilities, aren't I fulfilling God's purposed design in me?
What do you love to do that God delights in watching? Do it today! Enjoy it!
I'm going to go outside now and try to get a good picture of the big, fat robin hopping around our back yard.