Close your eyes and think back to when you were a kid. After a long grueling day in the 4th grade what did you do? As soon as the bus pulled up in front of your house, you ran across the front yard, up the porch steps, through the front door and into the kitchen. You then proceeded to drop your backpack, full of important and heavy fourth grade kinds of things, onto the kitchen floor. And there was your mom standing at the counter with a plate of hot, gooey, chocolate chip cookies. You climbed up on the stool, took a deep breath and began to relax as the soothing sounds, sights, and smells of your mom, the kitchen and the cookies swirled around you. Your mom was the absolute best because she could instantly tell if you had a bad day or a good day. She new when to say something and when to just sit with you and share a cookie. In the kitchen, on that stool you were safe to share your day and truly be yourself. Once you were there, you began to forget about how heavy that backpack was, the bullies on the playground, and the D you got on your spelling test. In the kitchen, life just slowed down and no matter how much homework there was to do, you knew it was okay to take some time for your mom and a cookie... You know what, though you may not be in fourth grade anymore and your backpack is a little heavier these days, there is still a place as safe as your mom's kitchen. We have a Heavenly Father who longs to spend time with us. He so wants to take some time just to sit with you. He knows if you've had a good sort of day or a bad sort of day. He knows about the bullies on the playground, and the D on the spelling test. And, He so desires for us to come to Him, drop the backpack, climb on the stool and share a cookie with Him. You don't always have to have something to say either. He just likes to sit with you. And believe me, when you take time out of your day to sit in the kitchen with the One who loves you more than you will ever know, you will find that the weight of the world that you seem to be carrying around will become more manageable. Because when your with Him, you will realize that, no matter what, He's always there for you. So, today I challenge you to walk into the kitchen, drop the backpack and have a cookie.
"My heart has heard you say, 'Come and talk with Me.' And my heart responds, 'Lord, I am coming.'"
"Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every day and then lay down on our blankets for a nap."--Barbara Jordan