Thoughts about community, about relationships, about our hearts. Ideas about Jesus and about justice. Emotions that come out in tears, in joy and also in hope.
My heart has come wide open like a field and what I know is that this man named Jesus, His love is what I need.
Earlier this week, I was talking to a good friend of mine and it led to a conversation that my Father started to also have with me. I believe there are so many conversations He wants to have with us - can we be the people who will drop anything and everything just to listen?
It was a conversation about space. This space. This space we feel between us and Him.
The Lord started to talk to me about any space that I feel between me and Him is not because He put it there, but because I did, because someone convinced it should be there. Jesus came so that there would be no more space between us and the Father. None. Zero.
Why? For love and for you.
And yet sometimes we find ourselves struggling with this space and this distance. Like He is there, but is He really there?
Maybe it is shame or fear or our tendency to run away and hide. Maybe we see sin or darkness or pain in our lives and so we create distance, we create space.
But it is like I can see Him and His heart is beating fast at the sight of you His love. Do you know that He is closer than you know, closer than the oxygen you breathe in and out of your lungs, closer than the song in your heart, closer than human touch.
And He tells you this space is a lie.
We cannot deceive ourselves into thinking that He is looking away or walking away, seeing something in our lives He just cannot handle. Oh my Lord. He is so much stronger than that.
If there are things in your life, like I know are in mine, that convince you that there should be space. Can I just say, maybe it is time to forget about those things. Leave them alone. Keep your past in your past.
Because don't I know it that the Father is telling you He loves you every moment of every day like a song that will truly never end.
We have got to stop looking at our lives and deciding for whatever reason that we ought to punish ourselves. Punishing ourselves by drawing back from God. Our greatest weapon in this life is not how well we speak or pray or do but how well and how fast we get before Him and swallow up that space with our hunger.
This week, any distance we feel in between Him and us, let's swallow it up with our hunger. Let's walk across that water. Let's open our eyes to revelation and say, Father I know You love me.
You're loved because you're loved because you're loved. Nothing in the entire universe could ever change this. Not even you.