Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6 NLT
There have been times in my life where I have felt lonely and separated from the Lord. Either because of my own sin, my lack of time in the Word, the busyness of life, or a omultitude of other reasons. Sometimes, I have no idea, why I feel distant from the Lord, I just know I do. Most of these times, I don’t feel like praying. I seem to just want to marinate in my own self-pity. And yet the Lord won’t let me stay there, He continues to pursue me, until we have a good connection again.
I was reminded of the Lord’s faithful pursuit of me as my husband and I drove through the Columbia River Gorge on our way back to Portland. I told my husband the story of how my son Cameron kept calling me one time as I drove through this gorge by myself. I was coming home from visiting my daughter in Spokane and it takes about six hours. It can get quite tiring by yourself.
I was about halfway home when my son called me. He was living in Hawaii at the time, so it was always a treat to get to talk to him. He knew I was alone on a long drive, and wanted to help me pass some time, making sure I got safely home. But our connection kept dropping. We would chat for 10 minutes or so and then the phone would go dead. I thought that would be the end of the call and I was grateful for the time he gave me, but then after a bit, he would call again. This must have happened at least three or four times, until before I knew it, I was almost home. I felt so loved as Cameron continued to pursue a phone call with me until we had a good connection.
The Lord does the very same thing with us. It is the faithful love of the Lord that pursues us, time after time until we have a good connection again. The Lord will never stop, no matter how we feel. He loves us and He misses us when we are distant. He wants to make sure we get safely home.
If you are feeling that disconnect from your Heavenly Father, be encouraged; pick up the phone (your Bible), He is probably calling you right now.
Prayer: Oh Father, how thankful I am that you never stop pursuing a relationship of love with your children. Help me to answer your call today. I love you Lord. Amen.