There is a lot I don’t understand about my God but this is something I’m still learning to be true in my life.
Immanuel, God with us!
When God is most absent – is when I have learned to rest into, God with us! I know it seems counterintuitive, but so many of the young people I work with feel so far from God, only to realize that He has been so close to them the whole time and in that realization he shows them how much love and care for them he has! But they never felt they could ever have a close or intimate relationship with God. It’s in his absents that I realize how close he really is.
Have you ever lost something or misplaced something and forgotten all about it, only to find it again or rediscover it and not know how you operated without it?
God with us, Jesus being born on the earth and becoming a part of humanity so we could have a Savior we can relate to with every hurt, pain, depressive thought, hardship, joy, happiness, comfort, peace…he knows what we go through. Not in a sympathetic way but an empathetic way, he lived in our shoes!
I used to do this series where I spoke to youth about, “He’s watching you” [said in a whisper so it was really creepy sounding] but it wasn’t supposed to be creepy, but comforting! God isn’t out there to catch us doing the wrong thing or beat us up when we mess up! On the contrary, He is cheering us on, longing to be with us (us recognizing he is with us), and live into the life He has paved for us!
This season, my prayer for you: May you recognize more and more God showing up in your life, His absence isn’t Him but us, His unconditional love, and understanding the ransom’s cost for your life to be rescued from a world that would just love to drag you down with it!
Thank you my Eternal Christ for always being with me! Merry Christmas!