Good morning Lord, I woke up with you once again in my mind. Jesus, Father, Abba, Daddy, Papa, I just wanna tell you how much I love You, how much I value You! You are my Lord and Savior, my Redeemer, my Strong Tower, the Banner that watches over me. You are my Bridge over Troubled Waters, my Healer, and Sustainer. You are Bread when I am hungry and Cool Water when I am Thirsty.
Lord, the thing that I desire the most is to be able to hear Your voice. I just wanna be close to You.I just wanna feel your presence and know that you are always near me, always thinking about me. You are my friend, my confidant. I just wanna hang out with You. Can I use that phrase, that terminology? It sounds a little peculiar, a little commonplace to say or think that I could hang out with the God of the universe! But the hymn writer wrote, “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.”
So God, I just wanna be close to You, I just wanna hang out with You, like I would hang out with my BFF AKA, BOO, AKA DR. ANGELA D. MASSEY. I just wanna hang out with your like Christopher Robin hanging with his crew, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, and Owl too. I just wanna hang out with you like a parrot sitting on the shoulder of Dr. Hook, like a bunch of fleas hanging onto the fur coat of a dog, like a little child hanging on for dear life, to the coat of their mama or daddy because they are afraid to start their first day of kindergarten. I just wanna hang onto to like a flu virus hangs onto a persistent cough and doesn't want to let its sick victim get well.
I just wanna hang out with You and hang onto You like the last oak leaf stuck, clinging to the branches on a windy fall day. This one last leaf refuses to acknowledge the coming of a new season, refuses to give up its earthly identity before it goes back to the dust from whence it came. Lord, Papa, I just wanna hang out with you like that; until I reach the point of my transition; until there is no more getting up in the morning brushing my teeth, washing my face and combing my hair. I wanna hang out with you until all my regular routines of life are no more. I wanna hang out with You until You withdraw all the breath from this old vintage body. I use those words because I intend to be here until I reach a ripe old age.
I just wanna hang out with You until this mortal body shall put on immortality. And then I want to get to know You and hang out with you, to see You in all of your splendor, to dwell with You in the New Heaven and New Earth that you promised You would create. In that day I will see You and I will know You and all of my questions will be answered. In that great day, hanging out with You will be my new normal. There will be no more distractions, no phones ringing, no people coming over for dinner, no more heartache, death and dying. There will be no more envy, jealousy or strife. Praise God there will be no more sickness dwelling in this body, no arthritis, aches, and pains.
Hanging our with You, Lord will be my highest honor and pleasure. But until that day, Lord, help me to continue to seek out time to just hang out with You. I love you, Lord, Amen