The other day as I nestled my bum in the corner of our comfy couch, my granddaughter, Paisley, approached me with a book. Speaking in her authoritative little two-year-old voice she demanded, “Is that your grandma seat?”
Not sure why I was being interrogated, I replied, “Yes, this is my grandma seat.” Paisley promptly approved the arrangement and handed me her book as she climbed up to my lap.
Memories of my aging dad watching TV as he sat in his old, white armchair flashed through my mind. I realized that to be a grandma I had to have an official seat, and my usual place on the couch qualified. I had passed the grandma test.
Structure and routine help a child feel safe and, as a child of God, I am no different. Hebrews 4:16 tells me that I am to approach God’s throne with confidence. His throne location and my willingness to come to him on a regular basis provide the structure and routine my soul craves. It is in the Father’s lap that I find the grace needed to live the life he has given me.
God has an official seat where he regularly invites you to climb up onto his lap. Perhaps your memories of your parents or grandparents make this an easy adventure—perhaps not.
- Whose lap do you remember climbing up on, and how has that influenced your willingness to approach the throne of grace with confidence?
- If you have no such memory, how has that affected your willingness to approach God’s throne?
- What legacy are you leaving in the memories of your children and grandchildren that might affect their willingness to climb up on God’s lap?
Hard questions, but I would love to hear your answers.
In Him together, Susan Gaddis