We've all been there, those seasons of life where you feel like you’ve begun calculating the number of days you have to survive before you can rest again. We have bills to pay, children to feed, homes to clean, businesses to start, and dreams on the horizon.
I have been that girl, the one in the season of life when I wake up in the morning, and I have my eyes on God. I am intentional about my devotional time, crave my quiet moments to be with Jesus, and default to prayer when I struggle. But I have also been this girl, the one who wakes just in time for my first meeting, barely eats throughout the day because I have overcommitted myself, and avoids prayer because I know I have a lot of work to do to get back to where I “need” to be with Christ.
It seems a constant throughout my life is that I’ve often been “the listener” or “the solver” in the lives of the people I love. Lately, I have had more than one friend feeling distant from the Lord. Unwilling to abandon their sin but struggling with the frustration of the Lord’s silence. As I give them words of encouragement to seek God first and cast aside the enemy’s attempt at distracting them, I can’t help but feel God tug at my heart. A whisper of conviction, the very same words of encouragement given to my friends, seem to keep resonating in my heart.
It’s a simple truth.
God will meet me where I am.
God will meet you where you are.
We don’t have to earn His presence back into our lives with good behavior or proper routines. We don’t have to live in our shame of the previous days or weeks of actions. We don’t have to allow the anxiety and stress to carry over into the next day, insistent on getting rid of it before approaching the Lord again. Often when I feel at the end of my rope throughout my more challenging days, I imagine Jesus’ hand outstretched next to me and asked myself, “Am I going to take it?” The offer is always there, we must remind ourselves it’s ours to take, and He is desperately waiting to meet us where we are.
If today is one of those days, I encourage you to imagine the hand of Jesus, to reach out, and take it.
I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.
This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him and delivers them.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Psalm 34:4-8 NKJV
Madison Racel is a Contributor for Humble Faith Ministries, a lover of all things reading, writing, and baking with a happy place in the outdoors. She resides in the Carolinas with her husband and two spoiled pups! Her heart and prayer are for women to be blessed as they grow in faith through quiet moments with the Lord and a community that brings them together.