Have you ever pictured Jesus smiling at you? That’s what a priest asked a gathering of women in our parish last night.
He said if we’re friends with God (which we are), we’ll treat each other like friends. And that includes smiling at each other! Think of Psalm 149: “The Lord takes delight in his people.” Delight! The definition of “delight” includes “joy” and “rapture.” Wow!
And what do we do when we see someone delightful? We smile. So next time you’re in adoration, smile—we can be sure He’s smiling back.
Which leads to a second sign of friendship with God: accepting each other as we are. We may ask, “If he sees all my flaws and sins, how can He be smiling at me? Because friends love each other as they are, “bumps, warts, and squiggles.”
They focus on what they like about their friend!
And they tell each other the truth in love. If we are aware of voices that accuse and mock us, they’re not from God. Jesus may offer us some pretty daunting challenges, but it will be from the deepest place of love and we will get all the help we need, if we ask.
A third way to hang out with a close friend is to Just. Be. Silent. If friends are enjoying a sunset over the ocean, “no one is going to break the silence,” the priest said, “by saying, ‘That water sure looks wet!’” Talking would destroy the closeness of sharing the beauty of the moment.
We often talk to God in adoration, but it’s also okay to just be with Him without saying a word. “Let Jesus be the one to break the silence,” the priest suggested. “Just delight in His presence and let him delight in yours.” There’s that word “delight” again!
The next time you’re in prayer—especially adoration—return the smile that Jesus is giving you. And let the smile remind you that you’re with your closest friend, who delights in you—warts, bumps, squiggles and all.
“Smiling Jesus” is by Bob Berran bobberran.com