There are times when we feel God so closely we can almost touch Him, and then other times we can’t seem to reach Him at all.
When my husband was laid off for two years, I sometimes felt forgotten for an answer, but at other times felt very close to the Father. I know when people are diligently praying for an answer, they may feel unheard, but looking back, they realize this was the closest they felt to God. Why is that? During the darkest stages of our lives we are on our knees, sometimes even on our face before the Lord, and He never fails to provide what is needed. I thank Him for that. I appreciate how God cares about my struggles, my hurts, and the things that break my heart.
During the difficult times, it’s easy not to realize the answer right away, but looking back, we will usually consider those periods as mountains of feeling close to the Father. I know they are to me. I long to have that closeness again, and wonder why I can’t achieve it. Then it hits me … where is my posture? Where is my every-waking thought? In crisis, it is on pleading with the Father for reprieve and answers. During calm stretches, it is on just living my life and rejoicing that I am not in troublesome bouts.
Peter tells us the eyes of God are on us, and He not only hears but is attentive to our prayers. God is omnipresent and omnipotent. His love for us immeasurable. But His wisdom is far greater than we can imagine, and He knows what is best for us in His time. The Father is never farther than a pray away.
I will continue stretching the ‘ole knees to the floor even in the good times. I’m thinking, while there, I might not just find closeness but more of a relationship than I bargained for—which is what I desire more than anything in the first place.
How about you?
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