– Secret Place Insights –
Dear One, how very long it has been since I wrote to you about our dear Lord, about Jesus, or about the Indwelling Holy Spirit. It has been so long that I have wondered if my 1979 calling to encourage others for the Cause of Christ was forever behind me. If so, it was a thought which I could not bear. If you do not know, I had a complete knee replacement on May 22. My life from that point changed drastically. But, after several setbacks, it now appears that I am returning, slowly, to what was for me…life.
During much of the time, I was fuzzy-brained from pain pills or pain. For that reason my days included very little Bible reading, and my prayers were short and…often complaining. My attitude was such that God’s forgiveness was needed over and over again.
One night in bed, a few weeks after my surgery, Ron quickly fell asleep, and I was left alone to consider the recovery which lay before me. I was miserable. I wanted to wake him up, and ask him to stay awake until I fell asleep, for I was afraid and lonely, but I didn’t – for I knew that he was tired.
Instead, I stretched my neck, and looked up, to stare from the windows over the head of the bed. There I took in the beauty of God’s twinkling nighttime sky…His heavenly creation. Silently I called out to Him, for I knew, it is written, that He never sleeps. It was then that I considered the unfathomable fact that He, God, willingly, readily, meets one-on-one with all those who have gratefully taken His Son, Jesus, as Lord of their lives.
I thought of how, at the very moment, all across the globe, He was responding to others – perhaps a neighbor, people in Traverse City, in Michigan, in the United States, those on this continent, and all across the wide, wide world. Hundreds, perhaps millions, were calling out to Him at the very moment that I did? And not a one of us got a busy signal, or were told to pray-back-later. I was not alone. In no time, my fears faded, and after carefully adjusting my knee over a pillow, I snuggled down between the sheets, like a baby safe in her father’s arms.
I hope that you know the Father’s comfort, and have the assurance that you can call upon Him at anytime. Do we immediately receive His answer? Sometimes, and sometimes not, but in time it comes, according to His purposes. But, we can know this, He is always near, always hears, and always cares. For help in drawing nearer, please see Making God a Priority and/or Going Deeper.
“I lift up my eyes to the hills–
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let; your foot slip–
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.”
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