We’ve all been there. Everything was going so well. Hand and hand with God, talking to Him in prayer, fellowshipping with Him, including Him in those daily life decisions, praising Him, leading by His example with our actions. Those are the best, most peaceful parts of our lives. But all of a sudden, when we aren’t paying much attention, we stray away. We get distracted. Various situations aid in taking our eyes away from Him. These situations cause us to let go of His ever-present hand in order to hold onto something else. Its a downward spiral that usually starts with subtle negligence and ends in a fleeting faith, and a guilty “how did I get here?” The results? We end up feeling lost and distanced from God and that peaceful place we used to rest so comfortably seems far out of our reach. Truth is, that place isn’t far at all. He’s never left.
I need you to know that no matter where letting go of His hand has left you, God loves you regardless. There is absolutely nothing you can do to receive less grace and love from Him. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. That build up of guilt and shame are exactly what the enemy wants us to be knee-deep in, but its all a deceptive bunch of empty lies. Let me tell you a little secret: God knows everything about us. He knows our passions, our deepest desires, our faults, and certainly our next move. Do you know what that means? He already knew you would stray away, and what distraction would enable that. He knows when you’ll come back to Him and which circumstance it will be under. I say that to remind you, and encourage you not to try to hide behind those fig leaves. He already sees what they’re covering- and He loves you nonetheless. So put all of those condemning voices in your head, the guilt, the shame, the doubts and feelings of inadequacy away because He’s still here, waiting. Waiting for your confessed sin, whether it be through pain-filled tears or prayer. That’s what tells Him we’re ready to grab ahold of His hand again. It shows Him we are ready to replace ourselves on the throne of our lives with Him, and find our way back to peace. Talk to Him.