So Far Away

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Where are My People?

God has been putting this song in my head for over a week now. He does that. He speaks to us in many ways and He has wanted me to talk about the distance between Himself and His people.

Here is the first verse:

So far away

By Carole King, 1971

So far away

Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore?

It would be so fine to see your face at my door

It doesn’t help to know you’re just time away

Long ago I reached for you and there you stood

Holding you again could only do me good

Oh how I wish I could but you’re so far away

(Data from: LyricFind)

I AM the Door

In John 10:9, New King James Version Jesus says, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

God is crying out for His people to come to Him in intimacy and relationship. Jesus said He is the door and He wants us to knock so the door will be opened, and we’ll receive what we ask for and more. This song is a reminder that He’s waiting for us to knock and that we need to come closer to Him in every way.

Ask, and the gift is yours. Seek, and you’ll discover. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. For every persistent one will get what he asks for. Every persistent seeker will discover what he longs for. And everyone who knocks persistently will one day find an open door.

Matthew 7:7–8, The Passion Translation

I feel the need to plead with you to call out to the Lord for your needs and wants. The Lord is our Protector and Provider. He is our Defense and our Shield.

This may be hard to hear: The problem is that we don’t believe it. We don’t believe that He will be there for us. We don’t trust Him. We stand back waiting for Him to act when we must take the first step. We are His children and we must grow up. We must be willing to make decisions in our lives that may be difficult. And we must carry the responsibility of the results. Accountable of course to God for the outcome. This matures us and brings us closer to Him. We are going to make mistakes and it’s okay.  Children make mistakes all the time and we forgive them. How much more will Father God forgive us?

So, I encourage you to take the risk. Be courageous and trust God. Lean into Him and He’ll come the rest of the way. He loves you more than you can imagine. Stand at the Door and knock.

Podcast Replay: Ritual & Relationship

Hardwired Replay: Season 1, Episode 36
The conversation we had for this Podcast Replay was one of our first episodes. It’s always fun to see how far you have come, knowing you’ll also grow in the future. Be blessed, Spread the Word and remember to Be You, Share You.

Building Relationship

Encountering God

Let’s be honest, having a relationship with God can be difficult. Well, having any relationship is hard when you didn’t grow-up around positive relationships. It’s the “how to” that gets me.

I grew-up with some trauma, not to mention things like an abusive father figure, no idea who my biological father was, a traumatizing stepdad, and other men coming in-and-out of the home. I can’t blame my mother—she obviously didn’t know how to do relationships either.

Mom passed away in 2001, so I can’t heal and grow with her here. All this has truly hindered my ability to have relationship with Father God.

The hardest thing is that I have lacked encounter with God lately. Without encounter He’s not here with me, well He is, but it feels like He’s not.

I go through these phases of building and having a wonderful relationship with Him and then I stall out, so-to-speak. I want to get to the next phase. I want my motivations for relationship with Him to be honorable. And I don’t want to feel abandoned.

But how do I do it when He’s not visible in the room with me, or I’m not in the middle of an encounter?

Now, it’s an obvious answer is to say have more faith. That’s Biblical. And it wouldn’t hurt. It’s obvious to say I need healing, okay. How? I’m a mature Christian who has worked through these relationship issues for decades, including abandonment, victimhood, codependency, and more. So, what am I missing?

Let me put this another way: I think my perception and expectations of relationship and encounters need to change. Encounters have this way of helping us to “feel” Him, to experience His presence. But relationship must be more than encounters.

I think I expect that encounters are the relationship. But they’re not. They are merely a byproduct of the relationship.

I have family I don’t see every day. I know we still love each other and when I do see them, I’m more grateful for the time. So, why don’t I feel that way about Father God? I love Him, I obey His commands and I know He abides in me. So, what then?

Jesus and Holy Spirit are always accessible to me. Why not my Father in heaven? I’m pretty sure He’s not too busy for me.

King David felt this way. In Psalm 30 we read that David was horrified when God hid His face from him. Yet, David kept praising His Name in desperate gratitude.

I think the obvious answer is the right one after all. So, I’ll read and hear the Word of the Lord to increase my faith, learn more about the character of God and my identity as His child.

Whew! Amen.

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