From Feeling to Knowing
I remember growing up and loving the fact that every single time that I reached up towards my mother and father they would have no problem in picking me up and bringing me to their shoulders. I would put my little face to theirs and squeeze their necks with all of my little strength. The love, security and protection that exudes from them even to this day is truly unspeakable.
Of course, as I grew up, I became heavier and picking me up became more of a chore and slowly but surely the times I would beg my father to pick me up started to slow down to a painful halt. My mother stopped picking me (and my sister) up before my father did. In my feeble little mind, I started to feel like my father did not like me anymore because I grew up and I started to become too heavy. I felt bad for growing and doing what naturally happens as parents take care of their children.
Growing in the Lord, there are times when we feel like He’s not “picking” us up by giving us what some may call the foundational blessings. God is the ultimate Provider so He’s going to give us what’s best for us in all situations at all times. As the Lord grows us up He will lovingly draw us into His presence where we will be stripped from what we “feel” to stand firm on what we “know” about God.
These times we will feel like the Lord is not for us, He no longer wants the best for me and he’s watching you from afar. We will cry out just as I did when I was little and lift our hands towards heaven in full faith that the Lord will bend down and pick us up and coddle us. Yet, just like our natural parents and guardians, He will not pick us up because He wants us to grow up in the truth of His word. This will require us to move from a feeling to a knowing.
The feeling we may get can be a confirmation of being in the presence of the Lord but it is most definitely not a requirement. God is God with and without feelings. Yet, the power of the Lord can flow in a paramount way with a knowing that God is God in His own name and needs no help outside of a willing and submitted heart.
Most of us have grown up in the presence of our natural parents still around -- this is nothing different than what the Lord does. He may take us through some of the darkest hours of our lives and we may not feel Him near, hear His voice, or feel His touch -- yet He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. He grows us up in His presence, He grows us up in His heart and in His eye!
This year Lord may not come down to us anymore to “pick us up” the way He use to, but He will call us to come up to Him. We will always have access to lay on His chest and hear His heartbeat. We must seek Him while He may be found--no matter how hard the search may be, no matter how hard the search may seem, and most of all no matter how dark the path we are required to take for our bones to stretch and develop the bone marrow to make them alive!
...Holy Spirit has Your way...