It’s a myth that once we accept Jesus as savior, life becomes easy. If anything, it can become harder. It can get messy. It means giving up old habits and old thinking. Discomfort is often part of a big change.
Sometimes choosing Jesus means those we care about will take a step back. They won’t understand our new lives and might even think we’re weird. Following Christ is a narrow path in a world where wide roads rule.
Aside from these things is the sometimes painful ebb and flow of our walk with God. Mountaintop spiritual experiences fill us until our hearts just about bubble over with joy. We feel unstoppable.
Then come the valleys.
Some valleys are so low we wonder if God sees us or hears us at all. His silence can be deafening in a way that causes us to question our faith. Our circumstances distract us from His love, fooling us into thinking He doesn’t care.
He does care–so much more than we can comprehend.
Following Jesus requires work. It’s not all good feelings and hallelujahs all the time. Waiting on Him and enduring difficult seasons requires a dig-in-and-cling-tight kind of faith that takes time to develop.
In truth, I’m still trying to develop it. It’s grueling. There never seems to be enough time. The conditions are never consistently optimal to sit at His feet and listen. This is the way of life.
Enough time and great conditions will never exist because the world demands our attention. People disappoint and distract us. Our own wandering hearts betray us and tell us we are far from God.
Going back to the Bible is always the best defense against moments of feeling far away from God. Jesus continually spoke about His devotion to us and nearness to our hearts. He never once said he would withdraw or hide from us.
“You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:14-15 BSB)
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13 NIV
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18 NIV)
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)
He is near and calls you His friend. Love and follow Him the best you can. Draw near to Him. Seek His face and wait. He always shows up. You are closer to Him than you realize.
Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.