Recently I was sitting at my desk on the computer when my son came running in, put a nerf gun up to my face within 6 inches and his finger “slipped.” It hit right near my eye. It stung, but my immediate frustration that he would even point it at me (rule #1: broken) and what could have happened if it had hit my eye (being prone to infections easily) caused me, well, I am embarrassed to say I erupted! “You know better than that,” I yelled! “You could have hurt Mommy!”
He took off and ran outside, upset at himself and scared of my reaction. Then I felt badly.
I went outside and found him hiding behind the car. “Honey,” I said, “I know you feel bad. Mommy is okay. When you do something wrong you don’t need to run and hide. Instead, just stay here and say you are sorry.”
Does this story sound familiar? What happened after Adam and Eve realized that they had sinned against God?
“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:8,9)>
As I said the words out loud to my son, I heard God saying, “Are you listening to yourself? That is all I ask of you.” Just as nothing my son does will ever change my unconditional love, so can we never do anything that will make God love us any less.
We all go through seasons in our spiritual walk. If you have visited our Rest Ministries Sunroom you may feel as though you are in the minority when you stumble over daily time with God or always finding the positive outlook. That is not our intention. Rather, we know we have seasons of summer and winter in our spiritual walk, and if you are in a dark, dreary winter, we hope someone who is in a sunny summer moment can encourage you.
God never leaves us. You may have heard of the saying, “If you feel as though there is space between you and God, it’s you who stepped away.” All you have to do is take that step forward and God will immediately meet you wherever you are at. It’s not a long path to our hope in God, but just one step. When we take that step, He will make up the difference.
Prayer: Lord, I don’t like it when I feel empty, when I feel I have lost Your presence. I am sure to make mistakes and my instinct may be to run away from You instead of walk towards You. Help remind me to turn to You in all circumstances. Amen.
About the Author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and she has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since 1993. If you enjoy these devotionals, you may love her book Mosaic Moments: Devotionals for the Chronically Ill which includes devotions from about 20 writers and a journey through Lisa’s first ten years of living with a chronic illness.
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Have you experienced a dry moment in your relationship with the Lord? What was it (an experience, a prayer, a conscious step, a retreat, a conversation) that helped you step forward to Him again?