Welcome, so glad you have opened this post. I hope that it draws you Near to our Lord as it has drawn me to him in thought.
When I think of “near”, I immediately think of good. People who I love and the desire for them to be near me. Drawing near to my home and near to my heart being filled with joy. Obviously, none of us want people near us that suck every ounce of joy from our souls.
I know for me, in my current season, my children are newly married and starting their families. They are side tracked by life and responsibilities. They’re doing exactly what they should be doing, by taking care of their families. But if I’m honest, I mourn for them at times, wishing for that time back when they were near to me all the time. I didn’t realize the emptiness that I would feel without them constantly needing me.
I know that this must be how God feels.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
He created me to be near to Him. He desires for me to need Him. I’m sure he mourns when I get side tracked by life. And I ask myself, does he also feel that emptiness when I don’t seek Him? When I set my own path and don’t invite Him to be near me.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
My children are now living their own lives, raising their own families, doing as they should. For me, my constant Joy will only come when I draw near to the Lord.
I pray I will be reminded each time that I’m feeling empty, that those are the times that I need to draw nearer to Him.