The map unfolds and it looks as if the need is too big.
How? We ask.
But he’s already there, making a way.
We let Father guide us, and we turn to look at what’s in our knapsack, shaking our head in doubt — but holding onto the very bit of trust we have. It is growing, and we won’t give in to the flesh which has a habit of basing all of life on what we can see [right now].
We fold the map back and tuck it away into a side pouch for later. What will the next step be?
The tendency to worry tries to rap on the door of our hearts, but we know if we open and greet it, fear will lie to our faces trying to convince us God is not near. The lie will scream, “God is no where to be found. How can you trust him? How can you walk into the unknown like this? Isn’t that foolish?”
But because we have spent time with Father, we know it is not foolish. We know it is foolish to stay and worry, rather than do it afraid and moving. And when we tell fear Who is boss, it bends head down and scampers away for a time being.
God our Father was there all along but he likes to give us a chance to grow and mature, to tell fear Who is boss. He smiles at us and puts his hand on our shoulder as we gaze into the vast land in front of us.
He can’t tell us everything right now, it is for our protection — but when we trust his nearness is enough, our love for him grows and the need to know becomes a yesterthought. We lay our bags down and make camp for the night, the map’s possibilities ringing in our ears.
No one can sleep with a million thoughts trying to talk over the others, so we hum a hymn and find everything we can possibly say thanks for as we start to finally doze off to sleep. This is how God is near. When life trumpets anything that makes us think he is not near, we shake our head no and get near to him.
This was a five minute free write hosted by Kate Motaung of fiveminutefriday.com. We are given a word prompt each week and we run with it like there’s no tomorrow. It is fun, freeing, and less fancy. Take off your heels (if you wear them) and go barefoot with us friend. Our word this week was: NEAR. The // indicate where the timer began & ended. –#fmfparty link up here–
God Is Not Remote
He came to us. He is with us now. He will be with us forever.
♥“Look with wonder at the depth of the Father’s marvelous love that he has lavished on us! He has called us and made us his very own beloved children.” 1 John 3:1 The Passion Translation
♥“This is how we have discovered love’s reality: Jesus sacrificed his life for us…” 1 John 3:10 The Passion Translation
Here’s a couple of my favorite songs that speak to the longing of hearts, longing to be near Him.