Don’t you love the sound of a baby laughing? A few seconds into a YouTube example makes me laugh with him. I have a tape from nearly forty years ago of my grandson laughing. Tape is long outdated; but I see the tape, I hear the joy. All because Sammy was throwing a small paper sack at Danny as he was stretched out on the carpet. Oh, Dan, you provided us with our first grandchild joyful laughs.

Who built that joy-box into our system? Why our Father did. He even designed us to learn to hide our eyes and play peek-a-boo. As the baby grows Daddy can hide behind a chair. If Junior crawls the wrong way, daddy makes his presence known by calling to him. Junior turns to the voice. He doesn’t have to see first. He knows.

“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love (A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God).” Even though God tells us to seek Him, at times it may seem that God plays a tough game of Hide and Seek, but be encouraged by knowing God wants to be “caught.” As Tommy Tenney reassures in The God Chasers: “He will not frustrate us. God will allow Himself to be caught by us. As a father playing tag with his child allows himself to be caught by the laughing, loving child, so too will the heavenly Father allow Himself to be caught. In fact, just when you would tire in despair, He will turn and catch you. He wants to be ‘captured’ by your love. He eagerly awaits the laughing, loving encounter. He has missed those times with man since the Garden.

How sad for the man or woman who has grown up rejecting, or being rejected by, a loving Father’s care! If earthly life has not provided that for you, my heart aches for you. But God still stands waiting, with the invitation “seek my face.”

I have been reading about a revival beginning to spread from Asbury to Lee to other colleges. Oh, thank you, young Christians, who are beginning to experience the real spontaneous relationship with Jesus. You make my soul rejoice.

More about Jesus let me learn; More of his holy will discern;

Spirit of God, my teacher be, Showing the things of Christ to me.

Eliza E. Hewitt, late 1880’s

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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8 Responses to “CATCHING GOD”

  1. Debbie L says:

    I have a video of my now 9 year old grandson laughing as a baby! Such joy! Now I’m with 2 year olds at church and they are always laughing and giggling!
    I’m following so many videos of testimonies from students at Asbury – and I’m seeing God’s Joy and peace as they share how Jesus has done …. Each one has a testimony. One was depressed when she arrived at the campus in September. Each month she sought His peace, October, November, December, January, February – her prayers were continuing. The February 8, He showed up and filled her! She was glowing! Oh how that fills my heart with the same joy of listening to my grandson or our 2 yos! I’m grateful I hear Jesus daily. ✝️💜🔥🙏⚓️

    • oneta hayes says:

      Lovely commentary on my thought. It is a blessing to hear how these young people are recognizing the movement of the Lord in their lives. He must really love that! Imagine having an estranged child come home, sit at the table and partake of the Lord’s supper.’

  2. J lomax says:

    Your post made me search through my phone for videos of my kids laughing!!! Be blessed

    • oneta hayes says:

      They are delightful, aren’t they? And they will love hearing themselves when the become adults as well as recognizing how much you have loved them to keep those tapes all these years.

  3. I feel sorry for those people, too, Oneta.

  4. granonine says:

    Lovely post, Oneta. I love baby laughter–any child’s laughter–and sincere grown-up laughter as well 🙂

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