Why God loves you, and meets you where you are.
I’m going to be honest. I don’t always FEEL like spending time with God eventhough I KNOW it’s what I should do. And when I say should, I mean it’s necessary and beneficial for me and something I desire deep down for the love God has for us by the sacrifice Jesus made.
Today was one of those days.
Sometimes I’m able to build myself up to go spend time with Him but today I was disobedient. I was weak and tired so I caved. Instead I decided to watch some On Demand entertainment. Lately I’ve been really liking Marriage Bootcamp the Reality Stars Edition and as I’m watching I’m lead to pray for the hurts and struggles of those participating in the show. Then in the middle of praying, I was overcome with emotions aside from the ones I was already experiencing. With my heart going out the to the marriages participating in MB, I realized…even in my disobedience to God, He met me exactly where I was.
I’m sitting on the couch watching TV instead of sitting in my prayer corner reading my bible. Yet and still He is here. He is not only working through me, He started to reveal to me how much He loves me. Something that I have questioned before. How can He be so perfect, magnificent, and grand yet love someone as imperfect and disobedient as me?
Although I’m not a mother, I began to see the vision of my child. If had he been disobedient of let’s say cleaning his room or washing his hands and instead decided to watch cartoons would I meet him where he is? Would I help him, rugrat and all, and bring a wipe to clean his hands? Yes. Would I compromise at times and later clean his room with him? Yes. It wouldn’t be done out of weakness, but instead out of LOVE. So the same way, but farrrrrrrr more amazing and greater, God does for us. Needless to say, I was bawling.
In that moment I understood how God was able to love us without condition. It’s not even a choice for Him. He simply is that way. The I AM… HE IS. I pictured him sitting next to me on the couch with his hand on my shoulder, saying “It’s ok.” I didn’t choose to spend time with Him but He still blessed me and met me where I was.
LOVE in it’s truest essence.
The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. (Psalm 103:8-11 NLT)
Have you ever felt because of your shortcomings, sin, past mistakes, or disobedience that God didn’t love you? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
P.S. – post originally created on 7.28.14 but sat in Drafts. 🙂
Cover photo artwork by Hillary Grantham.