God Who is So Close…

Closer than my next breath.

“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:20b)

Even when I do not live up to all I desire to be and do for You.

“For the Lord will not reject His people; He will never forsake His inheritance.”  (Psalm 94:14)

You are Almighty God — Creator of the Universe, Fearsome in Power.  Yet You draw near to Your people and speak to us so personally that we “melt” — and are reformed — in the “fire” of Your passionate love!

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.  I will build you up again… Again you will take up your timbrels and go out and dance with the joyful.”  (Jeremiah 31:3-4)

Sometimes Your answers to our prayers seem to take (from our perspective) forever.  Yet, sometimes, You answer so quickly our heads spin!  Like yesterday…

I had lifted my need to You:  “I am running on empty, Lord.  Come fill my tank.”  Then I went to church… and You filled my tank in Your glorious, head-spinning way!

First, You spoke to me.  You sent someone up to me, someone I don’t really know.  She spoke words to me that I knew instantly were from Your heart to her lips.  Words of affirmation and confirmation that were so specific, I wondered if You had somehow shown her the journal entry I had written just two hours earlier.

Then, You used me.  I heard a deeply-revealing testimony in church, one that took courage to share.  As I was listening, You brought to mind the name of a dear brother who lives 3,000 miles away.  A “Divine Connection” You are orchestrating, for such a time as this.  And, by Your Amazing Grace, You are letting me play a role in it.  [Deep sigh.]

And so the day continued… By day’s end, I could only proclaim as the psalmist did so long ago:  “My [tank] runneth over!”

“It is good to praise the Lord and good to make music to Your Name, O Most High, proclaiming Your love in the morning and Your faithfulness at night.”  (Psalm 92:1-2)

Dancing — gratefully, joyfully — as I welcome this New Day… !!!

Abba’s Girl

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