Have you ever pictured Jesus smiling at you? That’s what a priest once asked a gathering of women in our parish.
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 when we see someone delightful, what do we do? We smile. So next time you’re in adoration, smile—you can be sure He’s smiling back.
Which leads to something else that friends do when they hang out together: they accept each other as they are. We may wonder, “If Jesus sees all my flaws and sinfulness, how can he be smiling at me?” It’s because friends love each other as they are, “bumps, warts, and squiggles.”
They focus on what they like about their friend.
If they have to share a hard truth, they do it lovingly. If we perceive a challenge that accuses and mocks us, it’s not from God. Jesus may offer us some pretty daunting challenges, but it will always be from the deepest place of love. And he will give us all the help we need to do what he asks of us — if we ask him.
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