… Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. Luke 1:78-79
We all go through hard times in our lives. Often life doesn’t turn out how we thought it would. God’s Word promises, “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5). You may feel it’s past due to be morning already. It’s hard to let Him be in charge of the whys, hows, and whens.
Isaiah spoke of mounting up with wings as an eagle. When an eagle feels toxic, it sits high on a rock above all his enemies and lets the sun do its work. When the eagle is molting and in a weakened condition, it lets God’s sun renew it while it gets new feathers to soar higher. It also goes to the high rock when it has eaten something contaminated. The psalmist talked about the rock that is higher than his enemies. When your human spirit is drained of God’s rest, take time out and let God’s tender mercy shine into your soul. Get outside and sit in the sun, feel the breeze, and maybe look at some water, a lake, a stream, clouds, etc. Take some time to have a honest dialogue with God. It may sound something like this…
You: “I’m numb. Where am I? Where did I go?”
God: “I long for you to be quiet, refresh yourself in Me. Quiet your soul in Me and let your spirit hear and receive from Me the healing that you need. Then you can become the beautiful new treasure that I have in mind.”
You: (not getting the message) “Where are You? I feel disconnected and shut down. In my devotional time, I can’t connect with You like I want to (or used to). Why?”
God: “I am near. In fact, I am here with you now. I am in you. Just rest in Me. Whisper My name. Sit with Me and let Me love you. It is enough.”
You: When will You let me feel reconnected with life?”
God: “I want you connected to Me, not life as you know it, not a ministry, not a group. Connect with Me in that deep-calls-to-deep place. Let Me gently confront any arrogance or demanding tone. It’s O.K. to want more, not O.K. to demand it.”
Or He may not say a word, because He is doing a new thing, so honor His right to choose if you reconnect with life as you knew it, and how and when you can feel again. His answer may be silence.
You: “Soften my heart. Let me glimpse new levels of true communion with You.”
God: “I long for you more than you long for Me. Trust Me.”
Will you choose to lean into Him and trust that He is near even if doesn’t feel like it? The hymn “Moment By Moment” is an affirmation that Jesus never leaves or forsakes you. Here is the chorus:
Moment by moment I’m kept in His love;
Moment by moment I’ve life from above;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine;
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.
Daniel W. Whittle, 1893
Commit to Him, “Moment by moment, Lord, I am Yours.”
From Prayer Essentials For Living In His Presence, Vol 2, page 89-90, © Sylvia Gunter. Available from www.thefathersbusiness.com. Click here to order. An archive of past devotionals is available on the website.