Owen should be sowenfinalound asleep right now, but he just started crying. Ashley walked into his room and found him sitting straight up in his crib, wearing an expression that said, “Who wants to party?”

He’s now on my lap and we’re writing this blog together. I’m even letting him type a few words. In fact, the next paragraph is all his.

J,………..   ,m, k vvvCvdjdhsffh rkh,mnjh bbbbbbbbbbbbb

While his gibberish may not be profound (or intelligible), what Owen is teaching me right now is profound. His smile is so bright that my desk lamp is probably not necessary. His eyes are literally dancing with excitement. I didn’t realize I was this fun to be around, but he’s obviously thrilled.

It’s in this moment that I hear the Heavenly Father speak to my heart: Owen takes delight in your company. He really enjoys you. I’d like it if you took that much delight in me.

A conviction settles on my heart. God is right, again. He’s gently reminding me that I should worry less and enjoy Him more. I usually live a pretty peaceful life, but I’ve wrestled with stress the last few days. I’ve been carrying burdens I wasn’t designed to carry. If I’m honest, I think I’ve been trying to do God’s job for Him in certain areas of my life.

This moment is ripe for the teachin’. My heart would have to be blind to miss what God is doing here….As a father, I invited Owen to join me in what I was doing. I didn’t need him to help me write, but because I enjoy his company I invited him to participate. How foolish would it be for Owen to turn around and carry the burden for finishing this blog post? What if he tried to do my job for me? The reason he’s joyful is because He gets to spend time with dad and participate in what dad is doing.

In the same way, God invites us to participate in what He’s doing. He’s quite capable of creating the results that He desires to see, but He chooses to include us in the process. We don’t have to do His job. In reality, think about what we are communicating to God when we essentially edge Him out of the equation and take on full responsibility for producing certain results.

I think we’re saying, I can do this better than you. I think He’s saying, So…How’s that working for you?

Eugene Peterson put it well by writing, “The assumption of spirituality is that always God is doing something before I know it. So the task is not to get God to do something that I think needs to be done, but to become aware of what God is doing so that I can respond to it and participate and take delight in it.”

This is the invitation that God places before us each day. He wants us to be aware of what He’s doing and to take delight in participating. He’ll take care of the results as we abide in Him. May we simply have eyes that see and ears that hear so we don’t miss the invitation.

I’d be hard pressed to miss what God is inviting me to do in this moment. Owen is back in his crib, but he’s crying again. I think it’s his diaper.

Oh, the delight.

The Invitation to Participate

2 thoughts on “The Invitation to Participate

  • June 26, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Amen! Gabe, thank you for your words. You are truely a blessing. Love what you do! If ever we make to see family in the Springs, I would love to make it to ine of your studies.

  • June 27, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Josh, thanks for the kind words. Would love to have you join us in the Springs sometime.

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