2 Minutes - SILENCE, STILLNESS AND CENTERING WITH GOD
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed g leaves together and made coverings for themselves. 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
Dallas Willard writes about a two-and-a-half-year-old girl in the backyard who one day discovered the secret to making mud (which she called “warm chocolate”). Her grandmother had been reading and was facing away from the action, but after cleaning up what was to her a mess, she told little Larissa not to make any more chocolate... The little girl soon resumed her “warm chocolate” routine, with one request: “Don’t look at me, Nana. Okay?”
Any time we choose to do wrong or to withhold doing right, we choose hiddenness as well. It may be that out of all the prayers that are ever spoken, the most common one—the quietest one, that one that we least acknowledge making—is simply this: Don’t look at me, God. It was the very first prayer spoken after the Fall. God came to walk in the garden, to be with the man and the woman, and called, “Where are you?” “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid,...so I hid.” Don’t look at me, God. (GICTYT, p.36-37).
As God looks for you today, is there anything that you are doing that is making you afraid of God or want to hide from him?
2 Minutes - Silence and Listen for God's Response