That is, until we go through a trial and there is nothing we can control
except our willingness to bow before our Heavenly Father and trust in Him. It is
then that we may experience our realization; we have been simply going through
Certainly, we love our Father; definitely, we trust in His power to deliver
and provide. But how evident are those claims in our struggles? Suddenly, we
feel as if we failed. We may even begin to wonder how we can give others advice
when we cannot even follow it ourselves. Don’t believe that. Conviction and
condemnation are not the same thing.
When we realize the disconnection, we must stop to analyze ourselves. What
have we been missing? It’s important to consider that God is not necessarily
quiet; it may very well be us that are simply stagnant and not actively pursuing
Him. I am not referring to a lack of participation in ministry work or anything
of the sort. I am referring to truly seeking Him- every day of our lives. To
know God requires everything of us. As followers of Christ, we are all called to
be scientists, theologians, and evangelists. We are told to seek Him first, to
test everything, and to study to show ourselves approved.
Going through a challenging time in our lives can unfortunately lead us to
distance ourselves from God, but I find that He is merciful when we return to
Him. When we begin to dig into the Word again, he graciously pours into us more
peace and joy than we deserve. We know it. He knows it. But He loves us. That
moment- that moment you want to shout for joy or quietly cry, both out of
gratitude and humility, in realization-no, an epiphany- that you are His. You’ve
known this before, but not like this moment. You are His. Yes. Entirely,
Hold on to that moment. Don’t expect it every time you commune with Him, lest
you live for experiences, instead of walking by faith. But do remember it.
Remember the realization of belonging and being loved beyond measure. Remember
His mercy, but don’t take it for granted or use it as a license for anything
other than walking in obedience and faith.
Yes, we are loved, sisters. Whether it was a trial or simply our daily
routines that gave way to our disconnection from our Father, let us rejoice in
His mercy and be honest in our evaluations of ourselves.
We matter. May it sink in and settle deep down in our heart. The Maker of the
universe; He who laid the foundations of the earth and stretched out the heavens
above us is personally involved in our lives and in control. You can rest. You