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.
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.”