Originally published Friday, 08 May 2015.
Where can I go when I am tired? Worn? Weary?
Because sometimes in life:
A minute overwhelms.
A day get's to be too much.
My schedule feels too full.
People get a little forceful.
Bad things happen.
Circumstances throw me off guard.
Just the other day, a troubled heart started to sink me with anxiety. I turned on the TV to find a moment of peace, a second of calm and to possibly hear from God.
Yet, within 2 minutes, my so-called "peace" was interrupted.
My son called out,
"Mommy, be with me. Just be with me. Sit next to me. I need you."
A monster loomed.
And, although I first approached him with a stern face because my rest was interrupted, God set me face-to-face with something far greater - my son's reaction.
You see, when the bad things loomed, my son, knew something very powerful:
He knew my presence was greater than the monster.
He knew that nothing could hurt him when I was near.
He new that safety was all about my closeness.
Am I this way with God?
Do I understand the power of calling on Him for covering, closeness and connection?
Do I realize that I can call on him at all times, for all things, in all ways, on all days
and fully know that he will be there?
Do I realize that just his presence is greater than my biggest problem?
When monsters come, do I come against them - with the power of God?
Because he is always ready to sit next to me.
He is always ready to hold me in my struggles.
He is always ready to run to my rescue.
His presence always confirms my safety.
How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You To dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple. Ps. 65:4
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. Ps. 145:18
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Mt. 11:28
God stands ready to impart so much to me as I incline into him: nearness, a knowledge that he is near, rest, blessings, satisfaction, goodness, holiness.
What does it really look like to incline?
I think of "the disciple whom Jesus loved." John. John also deeply loved Jesus.
There was reclining on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Jo. 13:23
Did you catch that? John was reclining or laying right on Jesus' chest. What an act of love, humility and surrender. John leaned in...He drew near and drew strength.
When we lean, when we fall, and when we rest our faces on the power of Jesus, we love and we are loved.
Falling in means we know we won't fall down.
No matter what we are secure in Christ.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Ja. 4:18
God leans into us. Let's lean in. Let's lean in when life gets tough, circumstances happen and people hurt. Let's lean in hard, fast and with an extravagant pursuit of his love.
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