I know I’ve asked this question many times in my life, usually in a time of loneliness and despair but I’ve never asked it as much as I did the day Aryanna went to be with the Lord.
During that time my “God, are you there?” was more like a “God, are you there!!??”
In an instant the God I thought I knew was foreign, distant and hidden from me.
Although I asked this question over and over and over again my fault didn’t lie in asking the question.
It was in not waiting on Him to answer.
Instead, I had come to the conclusion that God had abandoned me, when in reality — I was the one who had abandoned Him and to my dismay, I had abandoned Him even long before this day.
Maybe you can relate to the feeling of being distant from God at times?
Maybe you’re in a season where it feels like he is hidden, separated or inaccessible?
Well the good news is that the bible is filled with promises of God being near to those who love Him but even still, how do we patiently pursue Him when we’re in a season of doubt or despair?
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.” Proverbs 8:17
You see during that time in my life I wasn’t seeking God, I wasn’t spending time with Him nor did I even care to really know Him (just being honest) — I had it under control and had built my foundation on sand and when the bottom caved in, I went plummeting down with it.
Though God picked up the pieces of my broken and tattered heart, he taught me a a few lessons from that rebellious and painful season of my life; he taught me how to pursue him, even in the seasons of loneliness.
“Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.” (Psalms 143:8 NKJV)
First and foremost, we must be intentional about searching for God everyday; it should be an aforethought instead of an afterthought.
It should be premeditated, willful and planned – the first thing on our mind in the morning.
The Lord is revealed all around us, if you make a commitment to cast your eyes on him you’re sure to get a glimpse of his greatness and discover traces of his fingerprints all around.
Let’s be real, when we’re going through difficult times we’re intentional alright — intentional about focusing on our problem; we’re intentional in worrying about our problem and we’re intentional about trying to fix our problem.
But what if, just what if we were intentional about uncovering just a glimmer of God’s glory in each day?
“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!” (Psalms 119:2 NKJV)
Once you’ve committed to seeking God in each day, make sure it’s purposeful.
Your pursuit should be full of meaning and significance — seek out His glory. His greatness. His love. His peace.
When we are reminded of his omnipotence, He becomes near and our problems far removed.
“He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.” (Proverbs 2:8 NLT)
Even when we may not feel like searching for the Lord or feel distant from his presence or are too overwhelmed by our circumstance we must remain faithful and steady in our affection towards him.
When we feel separated from the Lord it’s because we haven’t sought him, we haven’t pursued him and we haven’t focused all of our attention on him.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:35)
When you find yourself asking, “God, are you there?” Lean on these lessons and allow him to answer you.
Stop & Reflect: Have you felt yourself feeling separated from God? Was this during a time you were pursuing him or pushing him aside? What lessons has he thought you in these times?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s post, feel free to share your heart in the comments below.
Thank you for visiting, God bless