An Intimate God
I am writing this to the sounds of hammers and saws as my floors are getting a little makeover this week. I am so excited about it! We are going from all carpet to all laminate. I am amazed how much they look like real wood. :) I think I am going to be very happy with the change! Naturally, I've been inspired to rearrange my house and find new ways to use old things. There are other little projects that I now feel this urgency to complete in my house as well. I envision every closet being perfectly organized (ha!) and every cobweb being swept away. One little inspiration I have had for awhile that I am so excited about is putting scripture all over my house. I have seen so many clever and beautiful ways to write out a favorite verse that can be on display all the time. God told Israel in Deuteronomy to write His law on their doorposts so they wouldn't forget it! I just might do that too!! ;)
All this renovation has got me thinking. There is a lot of spiritual application to be made in these types of things, but there is one thing that I cannot get away from right now. My mind and my heart are stuck on the word intimacy. Usually, when my heart is stuck on a word or thought it is because God has something to show me. I'll admit that in the middle of this house project, it's been hard to find any quiet moments with Jesus. Every day is filled with lots to do and when I fall into bed at night I'm out in a minute. I've been thinking though on this idea of having an intimate relationship with my Savior and how to go about it. I find myself asking Him why He would put this on my heart now....in the middle of all this craziness. What does he say in response?
What do you mean find you, Lord?
Well, I think He has been showing me what He means when he says find me. He isn't trying to play hide and seek with me. In fact, that is the point of this whole thing. My Lord doesn't go into hiding when my life gets hectic and stressful. The reason I struggle with that is because I am quick to forget that He resides in me, not outside of me. There was a time in history when finding God meant going where He was. That is not the case anymore. My relationship with Jesus, my intimate relationship with him, is a result of Him living and breathing inside of me, every second of every hour of every day. What He means when He says find me, is that I don't have to get my ducks in a neat little row before I can seek his voice or feel his presence. I can find him in every moment of my life because He and I are one.
I am one with the Savior of the world, the creator of all things. I am one with him. I can, if I choose to, move and think and speak like Him and in doing so, my relationship with him deepens. My life might be scattered at times, but He is a firm foundation, a place to abide at all times. When he says find me, he is wanting to remind me that He has not changed. I may have to clear away the clutter of my own thoughts and the loudness of my life, but I can be assured that I will find Him in the same place He is always in the middle of everything and everywhere I am.
Intimacy with my Savior does not come once my life is quiet. It does not come once I figure out my problems. Intimacy comes when I choose to find my Savior in every moment. It's a cliche phrase but..."God is not a book on a shelf." I cannot go through the motions of my life, excluding his voice and his touch from it all, and expect an intimate relationship to develop. Intimacy comes when I invite him into my everyday.
It is interesting that this is the thing Jesus chooses to teach me now, in the upheaval of my day. He chooses, in a moment of chaos to whisper, find me. He wants to teach me to abide in him...even when life is not routine. Paul the Apostle understood this. He knew how to find Jesus in the midst of chaos and turmoil. His intimacy with the Savior was not based on how he was, but who he was.
So, what is the upheaval of your life that you think is a wall between you and your Savior? Do you know it doesn't have to be that way? His voice can be heard in the midst of it all, if you will just listen for it. His touch can be seen all around you, if you will just look for it. He can always be found in the middle of our messes. He can always be found in the same place...waiting patiently for us to turn our ears and eyes to him. I pray you discover for yourself just how close this Savior is to you. He is not a far off God. His very presence lives in you when you choose to let Him!
...Seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8