Anyone that has ever played either baseball or golf knows what I mean when I say “the sweet spot”. The sweet spot is where the club or the bat meets the ball at the exact time and in the perfect spot. When the ball is struck in that spot, the golfer or batter knows it, and so does everyone else around them. There is nothing like the sweet spot!
I have a dog named Sebastian. He was a gift for my daughter – on my birthday several years ago. He is a maltese that has a larger than life personality. When we got him as a little dog, we never thought that we would be able to train him. Little did we know the monster that we would create.
Just as most parents know the different cries of their children, my wife and I know the different barks of Sebastian. He has a bark for when he needs to go outside to the restroom and there is a bark for when he wants his snack. He has a bark for when he is not happy with us and a bark for when someone has knocked at our front door.
You may be thinking, what in the world does the way my dog bark and a sweet spot have in common?
Here is the answer! I did not tell you about one of the barks from Sebastian. He has a bark that lets us know that he simply wants us to hold him. It is his “sweet spot” – it is his exact time and perfect spot!
The other day, he started giving me this bark and just would not give up until I picked him up and put him in my lap. That is where he wanted to be and where he found his peace. He knew that in my arms there was safety and comfort.
My thoughts quickly turned to the fact that that is what God wants us to do with Him. He wants us to come to Him and find comfort and peace. Matthew 11:28-30 says,
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (ESV)
When was the last time you just cried out to God and then rested in his presence with your problems and your struggles? When was the last time you came to Him and said, “Lord, I give everything over to you”. Can I encourage you to find that spot or should I say, to find that “sweet spot”.
Resting in Jesus is the best place for us to be! There is nothing like the ‘sweet spot’!