This morning we woke to cloudy, rainy skies and falling temperatures. It was peaceful and relaxing, and the perfect setting for a day of rest. After eating her breakfast, my sweet girl asked if she could sit in my lap. She climbed up and began snuggling in close. With her head on my chest and whispers of "I love you," all I could think was, "This is what you want from me isn't it Lord? To want to be close to you, close enough to hear the beatings of your heart, to hear your whispers of love rain down on me. You want me to find peace, protection and contentment in your arms. You want me to be still, listen, and abide in you."
In Isreal, we learned a great deal about abiding. With each lesson, I realized I had little knowledge of the word, and I certainly didn't practice it often. What does it mean? According to Mirriam Webster:
1: to wait for : await
2 a : to endure without yielding : withstand
b : to bear patiently : tolerate
3: to accept without objection
1: to remain stable or fixed in a state
2: to continue in a place : sojourn
Psalm 91:1-2 says, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”
So, why do we abide? Why is it important? Psalm 91:3-4 answers, "For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark."
Even as I type, I can hardly keep the tears from our eyes. Friends, do you not see? God loves you. He adores you. He thinks you are magnificent. And he wants you near to him. He wants you to abide in him, where it is safe, where he can rescue and protect you. He wants you to want to be near to him, in your moments of joy and your moments of sorrow. He wants you with him.
In one small moment, my young curly haired girl reminded me of God's love for me, and how desperately I need him.
**I hesitated to post the picture at the top of the post because I am confident this is not how Jesus looks. However, as a piece of art and not an actual representation, it works for the message of this post.