"and I will hear you." Jeremiah 29:12
I find myself, and perhaps you do too, when I meet with a close friend the conversation starts out with just the average, every day sort of conversation. There have even been times when I have told myself, prior to meeting with my friend, "don't share this or don't go into such and such." Just let it be a casual easy going visit.
Then what happens? My friend knows me well and digs deeper into my glossed over thoughts and feelings. She inquires with heartfelt questions and perhaps a gentle touch on my arm.
Then I begin to flood her with my latest issue in life and pour out my heart as if I was on General Hospital or Days of our Lives! She listens, she offers advice, and sometimes I feel better, sometimes I feel worse. I am thankful for my friend and her instinctive ways of knowing to push further into the depths of my heart.
But honestly, the only one that knows my heart, knows what I am truly experiencing, is my Lord. I have found myself crying out to Him at times. Literally - Crying Out! As I am getting to know Moses' story it is reassuring to know that I am not the only one.
Moses, in Exodus 5 endured many things, but the one thing he never stopped doing was crying out to God.
(From page 76 of the bible study book)
" As Moses' experiences show, God does handle our true feelings, even during our most difficult times. Whatever we do, feel, or believe when we are at our worst, we can hold on to Him because He holds us secure in His grace."
The authors statement is so very good and true. He will take us throughout the day in any form. Mismatched words, sullen hearts, and joyous abundance. He will take us just as we are. He continues to long and wait for the words to come, and if we can't actually say them, you are reassured to know that He will understand your groans, your cries, your humming, your laughter, and your tears.
Friendships are an asset. I have often felt this, and I am blessed to say I have many. But the one true friendship that needs nurturing, communication, openness, and strengthened daily is the one with our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let's take a moment to reach out to our Lord and just say whatever you are feeling. Open that line of communication, and then nurture it daily like a flower. If you aren't sure what to pray, just pray that he gives you guidance on how to speak to Him.
I leave you with this prayer and this song. Thank you for joining us today.