Not AloneThursday, January 21, 2016
Sometimes, however, the “feeling” eludes me. I go through a dry spell, so to speak, and that dry spell disappoints me. I like to feel God’s presence. I welcome it; I long for it. During those times when His presence seems vague, I still believe but my faith seems flat. I can feel stagnant as if I'm stuck behind a barrier that I can’t seem to get through. But, just because I don’t “feel” God, it doesn’t mean He is not there. God has promised us that He will never ever leave us, and I believe Him!
God gave us His Holy Spirit as confirmation of His constant presence. He is with us in the moments when we feel alone. He is with us when we grieve. He is with us as we struggle and go through dry spells. And, He is with us when we feel afraid. God knows that being aware of Him can seem dim at times. I think that is one of the reasons He came to earth in the body of a man. He put the face of humanity on the essence of God. When I can’t quite feel Him, when I am struggling to sense the comfort of His presence, I close my eyes picture Him as Jesus. Jesus the man… Jesus - the man who loved and laughed and wept and suffered.
At church on Sunday, there was a scene on the backdrop of the stage with a depiction of Jesus giving His Sermon on the Mount. As I looked at the picture, I was filled with joy. Now, I know that the picture was an actor and not truly Jesus, but it helped me to see Jesus in my life, sitting next to me and talking with me. Jesus came to this earth and walked among us. He suffered with us and He died for us all in the body of a man. Could He have saved us another way? Probably, however, God chose this way. He chose to become a man so we could connect with Him. He did it so we would realize He really does know exactly how we feel for He has experienced the same human emotions, trials and joys that we have. And just like the sacrifices of a caring father, He chose this way because of His overwhelming love for us.
And so, when I am missing the sensation of God, I picture Jesus. I close my eyes and meditate on His words remembering that no matter how I feel, He is still with me. And then, in God’s perfect timing, that familiar sense of peace wells up inside me. I feel His comfort and I know am not alone.