I think talking with Tom Brady would be a lot of fun.
I think having a conversation with Brad Pitt would be pretty amazing.
Talking with Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, and Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. the Rock) would be an absolute blast.
I don’t know any of these people personally, but I know a lot about them. Albeit from a distance, I’ve followed their stories through the years. And the more I learn about them, I think it would be absolutely fascinating to have a conversation with each of them.
- “Tom, do you regret not going to The Ohio State University?”
- “Morgan, have you ever considered running for President because after you seeing you portray the president in numerous roles I think you’d be a phenomenal president?”
- “Brad, did you know that my oldest son is named after your character in one of the greatest movies of all time?”
So many questions that I’d have for these individuals that the thought of being able to have a conversation with them gets me fired up.
I’m guessing your list of people that you’d love to have a conversation with might be different than mine, but let me ask you this – ‘Why does the thought of having a conversation with someone who does not know us or care about us thrill us?’
For the past 17 days, like you, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with the Creator and Sustainer of ALL things. I’ve had the opportunity to sit with the One who not only knows me perfectly but loves me unconditionally. So much opportunity with God over the past 17 days but if I’m being honest, I’ve not approached those times with God nearly with the same level of excitement that I would with those on my list above. Why is that?
Plenty of room to psychoanalyze me here, but for the sake of time and space, let me just keep the answer super simple.
I FORGET WHO GOD IS AND WHAT GOD IS LIKE!
It’s really that simple. If I’d remember who God is, what He is like, and what He’s done to save, rescue and redeem me, I’d never want to leave His presence. If I’d but remember how He feels about me, that He is pleased to call me His own, I’d get up extra early to be with Him just a bit longer.
“Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live!” Deuteronomy 4:9
This was God’s message to those He had redeemed from slavery. God knows that we are forgetful people, thus He warns them, as well as all of us to not forget Him and all He’s done. Where memory of God begins to fade we’ll be found longing for that which glimmers and shines brightest – say for instance, movie stars and athletes.
Maybe begin your time of prayer today with a simple request… a request that just might change how you show up in prayer tomorrow.
“God, flood my heart and head with memories of who You are and cause me to remember ALL that you have done for me.”