Slow and Steady

So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.

Hebrews 4:16 (The Message)

I have read this verse a thousand times before today and the way it’s presented through The Message translation hit a home run within my aching soul.    Let me give you an example:

I had a posterior spinal fusion to correct my Scoliosis a little over two years ago.  And ever since that day I haven’t been able to sleep on my stomach.  (which had previously been my favorite way to lay in bed) The most unfortunate part of this story is that now when I put myself in the position that used to be SO COMFORTABLE, has now become excruciatingly painful.  I mean to the point where it almost takes my breath away at first.  Through the immense pain and discomfort God has taught me something so incredible.

When I relax and don’t tense up the immense pain in my muscles slowly begins to lessen.

Last night, as I was lying there with my face literally planted in my mattress God in His sovereignty spoke to my heart saying, “The same thing happened the first time you approached Me.  You were tense.  Sin had provoked a spirit of fear in you.  Once you accepted and knew Me as your Redeemer and Heavenly Dad, you weren’t afraid anymore and could truly rest in your identity as My daughter.”

As those precious words were being uttered to my heart I just couldn’t help but be in awe of who He is.  Everything He is.  How beautifully profound!  I love it when He speaks so clearly there’s no mistaking it.  I have had that conversation on repeat in my mind all day today.  Sometimes the most painful situations we encounter in this life can actually be a soothing balm for our soul that teaches us so much about our Heavenly Dad. (That’s what I call Him quite often.)

Our conversation also deeply resonated with me about what it actually means to live humility out in my spirit on a daily basis.  Hebrews 4:16 became even more alive to me in that moment when the tightness in my muscles was almost too much to bear.  Humility is an essential component in our relationship with Christ.  Why?  Because humility allows us to see God’s love on a more intimate level.  It gives us the courage to fall on my face before Him (sometimes in a puddle of tears) and know that He will hold me until I calm down.  If I’ll just accept what He “is so ready to give.” A new job.  A new CNA. Peace. Hope. Joy.

I could keep going, but you see the point, right?

If we are too scared to approach Him because of the situation we’re facing, then how do we expect Him to help us?

God is all about spending time with US.  He desires to spend time US.  Everyone has to start somewhere.  I’m here to tell you the first few times you go to Him, it may be painful or uncomfortable, but the more we are faithful in spending time with Him- We can trust and relax in His presence.

It takes time.

Don’t rush.

He’ll be waiting for you with arms wide open.

 

©Andrea Pierce. 2016. All Rights Reserved.

2 Comments on Slow and Steady

  1. Amen Andrea, I pray about my muscle pain when I go to bed at night to relax and as I do as God’s child he answers and my body will start to relax while I am praying, I fall asleep while praying. God is so Good. Enjoyed this! !God Bless Yvonne

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