God Wants to Play

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At a spacious, open park, a little boy squeals in peels of laughter as his father, acting like a bear, chases him through the low grass. The toddler’s short, pudgy legs barely keep him upright as he tries to run faster to escape his father. The father, growling a few times as he extends his arms over his head with curled fingers, is catching up to his son.

As the father draws closer, he tells his son that he’s gonna get him! Suddenly, the father scoops up his son, cradles him in his arms, then tosses him in the air a few times before releasing on the grass. The son “takes off” knowing his father will chase him again.

What if Father God wants to play with us? 

Jesus did when helping the Father create the earth:

“As I playfully rejoiced before him,

I laughed and played,

So happy with what he had made,

while finding my delight in the children of men.” (Proverbs 8:31 TPT)

What would our relationship with Father God look like if we saw him as fun-loving?

Perhaps we’d enjoy life much more? Perhaps our intimate times with him would increase? Maybe worldly desires and entertainments would lessen in appeal?

How does having fun with God look like? 

I’m not sure the fullness since I’m learning myself, but here are some possibilities:

  • Witnessing to a non believer where the Father gives you insight into their heart and shares secrets of their lives so they too can discover God’s heart for them. They discover how much Father God cares about them.
  • The times when you’re having fun with loved ones? Your children?
  • When we’re doing something we enjoy?

God delights in playing with us. Whether it’s having fun with friends or family, or doing something spontaneous that makes you smile, he’s actively participating with us.

Consider how Jesus illuminated the Father’s heart in the Prodigal Son parable?

When the son returned, what did the Father do?

Threw a party!

“Let’s prepare a feast and celebrate. For this beloved son of mine was once dead, but now he’s alive again. Once he was lost, but now he is found! And everyone celebrated with overflowing joy.” (Luke 15:23-24 TPT)

Perhaps you’re saying, “But my life is difficult right now! I can’t even fathom or have energy to have fun with God or anyone else.”

What if the circumstances and struggles you’re enduring are temporary because God’s re-arranging things for your delight and wellbeing? What if we could see his hand actively working for our good? Yes, despite the suffering and grief. Can you hold on to the truth that one day, you’ll experience a day of celebration?

Just like the prodigal’s Father. 

Because that’s God. He reminds us over and over of his heart:

  • “So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designated purpose.” (Romans 8:28 TPT)
  • “My desire is to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect–life in its fullness until you overflow!” (John 10:10 TPT)
  • “Be cheerful* with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One!” (Philippians 4:4 TPT)
  • “Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change. God was delighted to give us birth by the truth of his infallible Word so that we would fulfill his chosen destiny for us and become the favorite ones out of all his creation!” (James 1:17-18 TPT)
  • “How ecstatic you can be when people insult and persecute you and speak all kinds of cruel lies about you because of your love for me! So leap for joy – since your heavenly reward is great. For you are being rejected the same way the prophets were before you.” (Matt 5:11 TPT)

This last reference seems odd because during great times of persecution, Jesus is telling us to leap for joy? What?!?

I wonder if God reaches out and plays with us, helping us endure? If he comforts and sings over us? Gives us peace and joy. (I haven’t experienced such persecution myself, but have heard accounts from people in the Middle East who felt God’s love and joy during persecution.)

For a long time, I didn’t consider this side of God’s nature. Perhaps because I thought seeing God as playful would be irreverent. Instead, I focused on God as the omnipotent and omniscient– God of the universe– serious, intense, and powerful. How could I even imagine he’d take time to “play” with me when he’s too busy “fixing” the world and having us fulfil his plan? He doesn’t need me having fun when people are dying! When he needs me working on his behalf!

But God delights when we discover aspects of his nature including his playful, fun-loving side. When we discover this side of him, the passion for his presence and grasp of his goodness and kindness often gets illuminated.

Think that this understanding has eternal ramifications in this world today. We will draw people to us, including the lost. Because through us, they’re experiencing the aspect of God that often is left out of the world’s understanding of God. They’re seeking this anyway, but through the wrong sources.

So, perhaps discovering God’s playful side is a game changer in our lives and for those connected to us as well!

How about you? What have you discovered about God’s playful nature? Please share in Comments below. Thank you.

 

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