There is so much to be said and such freedom to say it, especially nowadays in the world of social media and networking. Between blogging, Twitter, and Facebook, anyone can write, speak and publish anything. As a mother who has known loss and experienced grief, I’m constantly looking to connect with other grieving mothers who have walked this road before me. I’ve been very grateful for how easy it has been to access these women through social media. The most beautiful gift these mothers have given to me is acceptance. No matter how much further down the road than me, they have always been willing to backwardly outstretch their hands towards me – careful not to pull me too fast, yet willing to stop for a time to rest or ponder and other times to let me go at my own pace, never once letting go of my hand. It’s what I have needed, and it’s what made me eventually get up and walk ahead. Their goodness and their love led me further than any harsh word ever could have.
And, isn’t that just how God is? Willing to meet us exactly where we are, yet loving us too much to let us stay there. He isn’t harsh or forceful. Instead, He is gentle and kind. It’s amazing to think that the God of the universe would follow us anywhere. We are never too far from His powerful redemption. Never. Ever.
But, with all of this free access for people to post whatever and wherever they want, we can so easily become acquainted with a counterfeit God. This is why it is important to know Him for ourselves – the one and true living God, the Great I Am. To whom we need not add anything or take anything away from. He IS. In 2016, let us be brave enough to pursue Him for ourselves, let us make knowing Him our highest calling. For, in Him, we will gain full access to the real God who loves us enough to have sent His only son to die in our place that we may become His children.
Reflection: What are some ways I can draw closer to God? What are some ideas I have heard about God that don’t sit well in my spirit? Have I based who God is on my circumstances or the circumstances of others?
Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24 NKJV
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.”
Psalms 139:7-8 NKJV