Over the last few weeks I have found myself on the floor with my children a lot more. When they were little I was on the floor constantly. Truly, I fed them on the floor, changed them on the floor, played with them on the floor. Yet, as they became mobile, I found myself upright again--it was easier to chase them on my feet.
A month or so ago, I realized I was only getting on their level to address behavior problems. One day it struck me that I was living in a world 2 feet above theirs. When they were naughty, I would stoop down to get eye to eye with them and it seemed to get their attention. Why wasn't I on their level more to reinforce good behavior? What impact might it have on our relationship for me to enter their world a little more?
So, for the last few weeks, I have found myself on the floor again. Playing, tickling, talking...often times just sitting, making myself available to them. They don't have to reach up for me as often, they just look me in the eye.
The result of this intentionality has been remarkable. There's been much more conversation, a lot more involving me in their play, more time in my lap...and the increased spontaneous affection (especially from K) has been a reward. My relationship with each of them has been enhanced.
A couple of days ago as I was reflecting on what a difference this was making, I thought of Christ coming into "our world" as a man. God came down to our level...not just to address our naughtiness, but to love us and commune with us. What a blessing to serve a God who stooped down into our world, who makes Himself available and who desires relationship with us!
That will definitely be atop my list of things for which I am grateful Thursday!