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A million miles away? God is in You!

God, where are you? This question has often rung through my mind as loud as the gong of a steeple bell. Loneliness and abandonment threaten to close in on me and the lie that God is distant becomes a lot more real than it should.

That’s the thing about faith. It requires you to believe with every fiber of your being in someone you can’t see with your physical eyes yet this very person is closer than any other living thing. But our flesh and our mind cry out for reason and logic. After all, that’s how society today works. Logic and reason are prized over imagination and abstract or even emotional language. Faith is not logical.

So, I’ll find myself in some place or other desperately trying to look all prim and proper when on the inside I’m crying out for God to be more than abstract. I want him to be tangible and real. What I really want is for him to fill that void in my heart so I can escape the pain that comes with my circumstances and dashed ideals.

Maybe that’s what causes you and me to feel God is a million miles away. He didn’t show up the way we expected nor did he do what we hoped he would do. We find ourselves facing something we didn’t see coming and instead of landing with our bums in the butter we feel given the raw end of the stick.

In frustration, we cry “God where are you? Do you even care? Do you notice me?” Oh, how patient is God with us! With the warmth that comes from his presence and the gentle kiss of love while his breath of life teases the tendrils of your heart, he says gently:A million miles away

“My darling, my beautiful one. I have never left you. I cannot leave you. My breath is the breath of life filling your lungs. My blood courses through your veins and I’ve programmed your DNA to match mine. Oh my darling, I am not far. I have never been nor will I ever be.

You are in me and I am in you. In those moments of despair and heartache, I take you deeper into my heart where you are engulfed with my love. I pour my presence over you so you let off a sweet fragrance into the spiritual realm marking you as mine. I’ve sealed you as my own. I’ve grafted you into me so that I can be the source of your substance and every need.

This is the moment when the lie that God is far or an abandoning father disintegrates into a puff of smoke. He is the perfect father, husband, friend, brother. So, with a heart opening wider still, he comes in with a deeper presence into this frightening place of loneliness. He lifts the veil that has fallen over our eyes and suddenly we see…Him.

We think God runs away from our hardships. Quite the opposite. We run from our hardships. The pain and disappointment are often overwhelming and our natural tendency is to withdraw. But, God. I love those words. Oh, how our Papa God uses every situation and opportunity in life to draw us much closer. He uses these moments to reveal more of his love to you and me, more of his heart, and more of his abounding grace.

His presence is always accessible. All we need do is choose to enter in. Bring your stuff to him. Bring it all and watch him take it and transform it into something beautiful and redeemed. He is the one who helps you move on and on from glory to glory.

In that moment of feeling “God, you are a million miles away”, God is saying to you and to me “Come away with me my love…I have a glorious and wonderful plan for you.”

Here is my pastor’s sermon What do you do when God feels a million miles away?” which inspired this post. I wrote this post for my church’s blogs at the end of June but wanted to share it hear on Living Fiercely Loved so that more people could be encouraged by this amazing message. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Resources to help you remember God is with you:

 

437162: God Is Good: He"s Better Than You Think God Is Good: He’s Better Than You Think
By Bill Johnson

Hosting the Presence
By Bill Johnson / Destiny Image

Knowing God Intimately: Being as Close to Him as You Want to Be
By Joyce Meyer / FaithWords

 

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By | 2017-10-07T20:48:37+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Revelations and Encounters|9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Judith Kowles 19th July 2017 at 16:19 - Reply

    This was beautifully written and touched my heart as I am going through a tough time. Thank you so much….and my tough time really isn’t that bad – but isn’t it too natural to think it is?!

    • Ailie 20th July 2017 at 11:09 - Reply

      Thank you Judith. I’m glad that you found this post encouraging. Yes, I think it is natural for us to think our situations are worse than what they are. That being said, its how we feel and that’s ok. Please let me know how I can pray for you and offer support during this time. 🙂

  2. Rose Barnett (@mRoseBarnett) 19th July 2017 at 20:41 - Reply

    This is the case so many times, but I really feel like there ARE times when God is distant, not bc He doesn’t care but for another reason. Perhaps so we can seek Him even more, even harder. But yea, if you are feeling like that all the time it’s probably a reassurance issue.

    • Ailie 20th July 2017 at 11:14 - Reply

      Hey Rose
      That’s an interesting point. 🙂 In my experience with ministry to people, those moments when they feel God is distant is often because of lies they are believing about themselves and God, unforgiveness, and defense mechanisms that they’ve used all their life to protect themselves (which also affects their walk with God). At the end of the day, whatever the reason for the distance, God is not a distant God. Jesus told the disciples that they needed to abide in him and he would abide in them. In him we live and move and have our being. As we all (myself included) work towards this reality, we access God’s presence so much more.
      What other reasons do you think may cause a distance between us and God? 🙂

  3. Beka 22nd July 2017 at 13:40 - Reply

    This is beautiful! God is such a tender father, I think it’s hard for us to believe that and fully accept that perfect love. When he feels far away, we have to remember that feelings cannot be trusted. God can and he says he is near. Thanks for this reassurance!

    • Ailie 23rd July 2017 at 21:50 - Reply

      Thanks for reading Beka. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It really does come down to faith over feelings. I am finding that God is pulling me more into faith over feelings lately. I love how you say God can be trusted. That’s a beautiful truth and a great reminder.

  4. Jase Rosenburg 24th July 2017 at 03:33 - Reply

    I can identify with this post in so many ways. Many times I’ve asked where he was, only to be reminded in my pain that he’s more near to me than I could ever imagine. Thanks for writing this.

    • Ailie 24th July 2017 at 07:41 - Reply

      Hi Jase 🙂 I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. Thanks for reading

  5. tara8910 25th July 2017 at 06:10 - Reply

    What a wonderful way of putting it! I think we would all act differently if we lived like we believed it

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