“Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us…& opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).
Before having a CT scan a short time ago, I was injected with radioactive dye. An unusual surge of warmth swept through my body. As I marveled at the wonder of God’s creation, the human body, my thoughts turned to the warmth of His love.
How desperately we each need it. Love that is pure & persistent, the welcoming & selfless affection of another person. But what if we don’t experience that? Or are disappointed, rejected, or forgotten? When we suffer from a chronic illness that sometimes happens.
Yes, the child of God has in Him “a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). But have you not had days when you felt totally alone, with no sense of His presence? Where do we find comfort then? Let me share with you just a few ways my heavenly Father has given me a kind of warm hug, a reassuring reminder of His love.
The Christmas after we had to part with our sweet puppy, Sugar, my husb& gave me a little look-alike Beanie Baby. I cried when I saw it, because it showed his recognition of my grief. Another time, in the evening, I had a chat with a friend who listened to a “rerun” of my day as if I & my news were of the utmost significance to her. As well, there’s the vivid memory from years ago of a nurse giving me a gentle wash the day after I had major surgery. Such experiences refreshed me, soul & body.
The Lord also uses soul-nurturing music, & of course His holy Word, to bring comfort. Even the birds that daily congregate on our feeders remind me of my value to God, & of His constant care. (“Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows,” Luke 12:7.)
By these & other means today, “May the Lord direct [our] hearts into [a fresh realization & renewing experience of] God’s love” (II Thessalonians 3:5).
About the Author:
Beth Cottrill lives in a small town in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, with her retired pastor/teacher husb&, Bob, an avid football fan. She finds living with Attention Deficit Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, osteo-arthritis & a stroke of several years ago a challenge, but also training for a ministry to others. She loves nature, animals, music, making cards &, last but not least, being a gr&ma.