This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one word prompt. The prompt today is “near.”
“Come near to God and he will come near to you.” (James 4:8 NIV)
Come as you are, with your joys and sorrows, your triumphs and trials, your hopes and your fears.
He longs for you to come.
He is always there; even when you feel alone, he never leaves you, but he longs for you to intentionally draw close: to make space for him, to rest in his presence, to listen to his voice, to experience his love.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18 ESV)
Even when you feel weary and worn-out, hurting and broken- especially at those times- he longs for you to draw near, so you can feel his arms around you, hear his gentle whispers, and receive his strength.
You don’t have to pretend.
He won’t condemn you for how you feel, or force you to paste a smile over the brokenness and keep going. It’s safe to tell him how you feel, to come as you are, to let his presence gently restore your hope.
“Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13 NLT)
It’s not about what you do. You can draw near to God without fear because of what Jesus has already done. He doesn’t see your sin; he sees Jesus’ righteousness and you, his precious child.
“As for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter.” (Psalm 73:28 NLT)