Devotions

Trusting Jesus

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1 

Do you trust Jesus? I had that question put to me when I appeared before the Board of Ordained Ministry. There had been a wide variety of difficult and challenging questions, but this one got right to the heart of the matter. Before I spoke a single word in reply, I felt a lump in my throat and a tear fell on my cheek. I finally found the ability to speak again and said, “Yes! I do! I wouldn't be doing this if that were not at the core of my heart. And I'm still learning how to trust him.” 

I once saw a little girl at the beach and it was clear she was having a hard time. She wasn't crying, but I could tell from her expression that she was afraid. Her mother was with her, but her daddy was at edge of water facing her, calling to her, wanting her to come. I heard her mother gently, but firmly explain, “Daddy's right there. He won't let the waves get you.” 

I heard her say loudly “No!” 

I walked on by, and in my heart, I was hoping she would change her mind. It was a good 30 minutes later when I remembered that I had left my towel behind, so I had to retrace my steps along the shore. As I walked back, I saw the same little girl being carried willingly into water. She was ready to face the waves because she was safe in her daddy's arms. 

Scripture says that God is our rock and refuge, a very present help in time of trouble. He is trustworthy and sent his own son to demonstrate how far he would go to keep us safe. When I've been in trouble, I have sometimes paid more attention to the waves around me than to the presence of Christ. I think of Peter walking on the waves of the ocean and I remember that he only began to sink when he took his eyes off of Jesus. Trusting Jesus is a step toward his open arms. He is always ready to receive you whether you need a word, a touch, or to be carried. 

 

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    Dear God,

    "God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” Acts 17:27   

     “Dear God, I hope you don’t get the virus. It's come a long way to get to Athens, Georgia.”  

    This was my five-year-old daughter Anna's prayer the other night. My first reaction was that of any mother. I was in awe of her sincere and thoughtful prayer. As the days passed and I had more time to reflect, I could not help but be struck by her intentional and close relationship with God. She was praying to God as her friend.  

    At the end of the day, isn't that what he wants from us? He longs to be in conversation, to bring our joys, concerns, questions, all of it, to him. He seeks an intimate relationship with us like no other. Anna’s prayer reminds me that the more we trust God with our thoughts, the closer we feel to him. We must talk to God and spend time each day conversing with God and explaining our hopes, fears, dreams, and regrets. We should tell God anything we want, even if it seems insignificant.  

    The way we become closer to our friends is to talk to each other and become familiar with one another. We should do likewise in our relationship with God. Staying connected is vital! Smart phones, social media, video conferencing, even smart watches, allow us to instantly connect with friends, family, and coworkers. The irony of our world with so many options to connect is that we do not need any of these means to connect with God. In examining how much time is spent with others, how does it compare with our time spent connecting with God? For many of us, we have more time now with fewer demands on our time. How have you spent this “extra” time? Has it been spent connecting with God? Let us resolve to use this time to connect and grow a deeper relationship with God—there is no truer friend.

    Amen,
    Kimberly   

     

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