We wouldn’t know how far we’ve drifted away from the Lord’s sweet love and nurturing until He brings us to a place of refreshing. Sure, we know we have not turned away from Him and followed another path, but we can also be in that place where gladness of serving Him seems to be absent. We may not have changed our routine – morning and evening praise and worship, prayer, and Bible reading – but we may not notice for a while that our fervor has been missing in all our thoughts and communion with the Lord. We might also have been delighting ourselves elsewhere. Not sinful pleasures, but still, they might have stolen precious time intended for the Lord and watered down our spiritual ardor.
Often times, we may not be aware that is what’s happening. Worse, we may not know the root of the problem. Why do we seem to be drifting away from the Lord’s presence instead of constantly desiring to seek Him? In the changing seasons of my ailing life and faith journey, I have examined myself not just a few times concerning my spiritual fervency. And what I have dug deep down almost always points to one thing: my soul is moping. My soul is brooding over the thought that the Lord is busy answering others’ prayers and blessing them, and so, I’ve to keep on waiting.
The Holy Spirit might remind us that the Lord loves us so much He died for us. To which we might answer, “Yes, yes, I know all that. But…but I can’t feel it now.” We may even recite all that the Lord has done for us, saving us and such, but the words are dry and lack spark. This “dry season” may run for a while until the Lord surprises us with His touch. Then we would know how much we had missed His sweet, holy presence. He will talk to us and our hearts are ready to listen, for it can’t be that we can resist His love.
Such interlude I had experienced recently. The Savior came with His love, touching all my aching places. While I basked in His love, He talked to me in my heart. I want you to know that you’re never alone and I have not forgotten you. I will always love you. There are so many things you don’t understand now, but never think that I favor others over you. Don’t compare yourself to them. I love all my children uniquely. I felt the lover of my soul serenading me and assuring me of His faithful love.
Then He led me to an almost two-hour praise and worship where I revelled in His glorious presence. As I worshiped with love ablaze, He continued to talk to me and remind me that only in knowing and honoring Him and putting Him foremost in our lives will we find lasting joy and fulfilment.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Ps. 16:11)
And even when our love’s flame subsides (again!) and we reach another plateau in our faith journey, He will be faithful to come and revive us again.
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