Time with God. A daily quiet time. A good relationship with Christ. Crying out to Jesus. It can be rather simple to write devotionals with descriptions of the Christian life that soon sound like cliches. But what does crying out to God look like?
Recently I shared a video with you of me crying out called “Lisa Unfiltered.” And although it was not me talking directly to God, but rather you, I did shares many of these emotions and did speak with Him about them too. When you go through those days, trying to bite your lip because you feel like the tears are about to burst forth, find a place alone and allow them to pour out. It’s okay.
Part of dealing with the chronic daily part of illness is sitting and waiting for that saturation of God’s presence. Too often we seek God out only just as much as we need Him–“just enough.” We allow God to fill us only enough to get us through the next moment. It’s true we must rely on God’s mercies each morning, finding whatever manna He gives.
And yet, as soon as we collect that manna we don’t need to run off and get on with our day if our heart is still hurting. We can sit there at His feet as long as we need to, until we are saturated with His love.
God isn’t a sprinkler on our lives. He is our ocean. And yet, like gentle dew, He can coat us with His presence entirely.
Prayer: Lord, saturate me with Your presence and help me become more patient in waiting for Your visible action in my life. Allow me to find the comfort in simply being in Your presence.
About the Author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries, Inc. She has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since 1993 and deals with daily pain throughout all of her body and joints. She is the author of various books on illness, including the devotional “Mosaic Moments” which is now “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” through March 1, 2011, to help with the printing costs of the book. All proceeds go back into the ministry, so order it today to give a special friend an encouraging gift.
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