When God Feels Far Away

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ (Acts 17:28, NIV)

I like to read before bedtime. It started because I have such a hard time getting to sleep and am sometimes anxious about the night. When I am focus on God, my falling asleep time is better.

One way I do that is by reading. While Scripture is vital for me, I sometimes read other things. Currently, I am reading “Hinds’ Feet on High Places” (again!), and am continually amazed at how the journey of “Much Afraid” (the main character) often replicates my own journey through a challenging life.

I read these words the other night:

The Chief Shepherd (who we come to find out is the Lord) says to little Much Afraid (who can much too often resemble myself), “Remember, even though you seem to be farther away than ever from the High Places and from me, there is really no distance at all separating us.”

Some days, it does indeed seem God is far away. Some days, everything seems to go wrong, it seems that everything that can hurt – does. How blessed it is for me to know that even though God feels far away, it is only a feeling. In reality – there is no distance separating me from Him. In truth, He has been with me, surrounding me the whole time!

As humans, we are often run by our feelings. It can be so difficult to turn away from those feelings and look to the truth of God’s Word, but how important it is, even when He “feels” far away. We have a God who is always there, always ready to listen, always ready to love us through each and every circumstance life may thrust upon us.

Father God, How good it is to know that you have us enclosed behind and before and that you have your hand on our heads, even when we feel alone and frightened and it seems You are far away. Help us to realize the truth of Your word to us that You are there for us each and every moment of our lives. Amen

deni believes that the only true way to deal with chronic pain and chronic illness is to bring them to the feet of her Lord and Savior. Her multiple challenges (Celiac Sprue, Atrial Fibrillation, Ankylosing Spondylitis, to name a few) have taught her many things about herself and her Christian walk. It is her fondest prayer that some of her words might be encouraging to others as they walk the path of chronic illness. deni can be reached at denipath4change@yahoo.com. Her webpage is http://www.pathwaysforchange.com/Encouragement