Heart Condition

This Loving Relationship

In the short time I’ve been a Christian, (nearly 7 years) I have kept a prayer journal. It has been my delight to sit with God in the mornings and look through the Bible or a couple of devotionals and pray to my Creator. It has become a natural thing to do, like brushing my teeth, or taking my first sip of coffee.

On the few days I don’t allow myself to spend time with God – the days I am rushed to get out of the house, or too self-absorbed to sit and be still – I feel the absence all day long. I feel hurried, I feel like I’ve forgotten something, I feel out sorts, and I am definitely unproductive. In my attempt to “do it” myself, I lose the humility that calls for me to reach out to my Father for His strength and wisdom.

I am in a loving relationship with God. When you are in a relationship with someone, you can’t neglect or become indifferent to the one you love. God is never neglectful or indifferent toward me; I cannot be toward Him. Why would I think otherwise? When I hear from Him, and He sets a path before me, I make an agreement, a covenant with Him to follow that path. If and when others attempt to sway me to a different path, it is my responsibility to stand firm. Why? Because I’m in a loving relationship. Because we sacrifice for each other. Because it’s the right thing to do.

The Lord is my Shepherd. I am never in need. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside peaceful waters. He restores my soul.”

God cares for me in the celebration times. He’s with me in the darkest valley. When I have tears of joy, God smiles down on me. When my tears express relief, He holds me tightly. When I cry from frustration or grief, He carries me. I know I can let go, completely surrender, emotionally freefall and He will catch me.

His love for me is like the softest feather bed that holds me so gently I feel tranquil, like I am resting on air. His love for me is like the root system of a wild fig tree – strong and pervasive, wrapping me so protectively in massive, muscular extremities that no danger could possibly penetrate.

Moreton Bay Fig Tree Root; Card by Fig Tree Gift @zazzle.com, Artist, Joey Chou

Moreton Bay Fig Tree Root; Card by Fig Tree Gift @zazzle.com, Artist, Joey Chou

Those that don’t know the love of this God cannot fathom how deep, how wide, how high His love is. The peace Jesus bestows is inexplicably beyond all understanding. This is not the calm of an indiscriminate, beclouded follower; it is the deep, mellifluous, resonant peace that comes from eyes wide open, from breathing in the richness of research and scripture and the Spirit all melded into an experience that cannot be compared to a life without Him.

Whatever the circumstances in my life, my cup overflows.

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, & I will dwell in the Lord’s house forever.”

18 comments

  1. I am the most unstable person I know when I don’t spend that time alone with Him in the mornings. I can definitely relate to your second paragraph. The valley is such a reminder that God loves us so much to discipline us. I’ve enjoyed this…how you reflect upon your relationship with God. I’m so glad I followed you. 🙂

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    1. Thank you…and the feeling is quite mutual. 😉

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  2. I love your feather bed comparison! 🙂
    The rush of life is one of our biggest enemies, isn’t it!

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    1. Absolutely. I’m convinced the enemy has a special hamster wheel designed especially for believers! When the Lord helps us to step off, we find the beauty of His creation, and are able to bask in the light of His love. That’s what fills my heart to overflowing.

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      1. LOL hamster wheel! 😀 That is such an accurate description!

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      2. Exhausting, isn’t it? Thanks for reading.

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  3. So beautiful and tender, as you abide in Him. Every single moment…

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    1. It takes every moment, every circumstance.

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  4. Beautiful imagery. I especially like the idea of God’s love being like the strong root system of that fig tree. That is an image I will meditate on in my prayer time. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you, and I’m so glad to connect with you. Thanks for following. See you on your blog, too.

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  5. Such a beautiful post. Your love shines through it in reflection of source.x

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    1. Thank you. You have the gift to shine that light, and I am touched deeply you see that light shine through me.

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      1. Light reflects light.x

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  6. Amen! Your heart reminds me much of David’s from the bible. Such a beautiful perspective and understanding of who He is. Just like the Psalms of David, it is a delight to read your posts because of that beautiful depth you capture and reflect of His heart with your words. God bless friend and sister in Christ! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much. What a wonderful compliment coming from one who clearly hears His voice.

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      1. Aw. So sweet. He speaks to us all and speaks in a unique way to each and every one of us. Even through your beautiful posts 🙂

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