I am taking a lot of time to pray this week for wisdom and direction. To be still in my quite time and practice waiting, which is stinkin’ hard sometimes!! Definitely not my natural bent. I am excited and hopeful to see what God is going to do with this blog in the new year and how He is going to use what He has been teaching me. Oh how I long to see how He is using these lessons for His glory, especially the really painful ones!
On this day before we begin a new year, I am working through a prayer that I believe God has given me, to pray back to Him:
“Dear Father, please show me how close you are.”
I am trusting and anticipating how God is going to work this out in my life in the coming year. The promises He gives us, are not always fulfilled right away. God often reveals things slowly as He teaches us each lesson.
When we were getting into camp (remember, 4 feet of snow!), it was dark. AJ got out of the car first and walked into a mound of snow before I was able to direct him to the plowed path. He tried to make his own way. When he called out to me in a bit of a panic, he was not able to see how close I really was. His panic escalated to fear and tears when he thought he was by himself. The more He felt alone, the quicker he made more poor choices.
Have you ever felt like that? When I am acting in fear, I do not behave wisely.
Here’s the thing though…I was by him the whole time. I never once lost sight of him. Before he even called to me, I was going to him.
It is the same way with God, our Heavenly Father. We may wander and try to make our own way, but God is closer than we know. He never lets us out of His sight and He comes close to save us. Oh how our day would be transformed, moment by moment, if we were just simply aware.
As AJ’s mother, I will do anything in my power to come to his aid and rescue him. But, I am a person. My power and skill set is limited. As much as I may want to, I cannot be close enough in every single situation. Unlike an earthly parent, God is close and at the ready every time.
God has a name, Jehovah Sabaoth, that means The Lord of Hosts. This is His name of protection. He is the ruler over angel armies and He is at the ready to come to our rescue. God has every single level of power and authority and He is closer than we even know, especially in our time of need. Not for a moment does He leave us on our own to make our own way or fight for ourselves.
“For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways…Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:11, 14-15).
My day and the circumstances I face will be handled differently if I am aware of how close God is to me. So much of my behavior is often a reaction when I make my own way. But, if I am actively looking for the hand of God, I will respond with the wisdom He provides. The grace He lavishes. The forgiveness He faithfully bestows. The unending love He shares.
“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good.” (Psalm 73:28)
Welcome 2015. God is on our side!