I remember listening to Beth Moore tell about a time she asked God to just delight her and how He responded to her request. I’d never really thought about asking God to do something like that for me. It seemed a little selfish, almost. But as I listened to her tell the story, something deep inside me longed for the same experience. The next morning during my quiet time with my Father, I asked Him if He would consider delighting me. I was a little timid in my request; not really sure about what I was doing. I’m not really sure why I struggled with asking. Seriously, I never seemed to struggle with all the other things I asked Him for.
In my mind, I thought it could take days; maybe weeks before God would answer, so I settled in for the wait. I wondered how He might respond…maybe a new car with a big bow on top in my driveway. Yes, I did actually consider that. Act appalled if you want, but I bet a lot of you would have done the same thing, or something similar. Maybe He would provide a beautiful sunrise or sunset.
Okay, it’s going to get a little weird here, but hang with me. As I was walking to my laundry room, I saw a little fox that had a den near our house trot across the front yard. Something inside me caused me to take notice, but I had seen him so many times before that I dismissed it and keep on with what I was doing.
On my second trip to the laundry room, I saw my fox again, but this time he had a rabbit in his mouth, and he was headed home. All of a sudden, my heart almost burst with delight. I knew that God intended for it to be my delight. There is no other explanation for my reaction because under normal circumstances, I would have run into the yard and yelled, “Drop it, right now!”
As I stood there in complete delight, but totally confused as to why I was delighted, God spoke directly into my heart. “Do you see that rabbit? That is my provision for one small creature in my creation. If I am attentive to such small creatures, how much more will I watch over my precious children whom I love?”
The car with the bow would have made me happy, but my Father pausing to communicate His unfailing love to me filled me with pure, unadulterated joy that caused me to burst forth with praise and gratitude. All I could say over and over was, “Who is there like You, God?”
I have never found anything that delights me more than when my Father communicates Himself to my heart. God never intended for us to simply know who He is. No, He intended for us to know Him, to encounter Him, to enjoy His presence, and to delight in Him. And when we delight in our God, He in turn delights in us!
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” And believe it or not, He will change your desires! 1 Kings 8:23
If you’ve never asked God to delight you…you really should.
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