Have you ever wondered what well feels like? I have; in fact, it seems that has been the most frequently asked question on my spiritual radar lately.
Will things ever get any better than this, or could the future possibly hold worse things? I want to know, and I want to see, if only so that I can forget what I am seeing now.
I want to get away and escape. I thought I was over that inclination, I had matured beyond the point of needing to have the details of my life turn out how I planned. I thought I was enough about God and His plans to welcome what comes with open arms. I thought…a lot of things that I could do because of what I’ve already been through.
But it seems to be that I’ve forgotten something very important, and by letting the rest of my thoughts lose their strength, God is reminding me that I am missing His thoughts.
He thinks of nothing less than joining me to Him. His purposes for me never stray from an all-encompassing relationship with Him. He acknowledges no other need than for Him to become larger in my life…in my mind…in my heart.
So, to be in any place, of want or of plenty is to be in the place God has ordained for me to experience His mercy. As Matthew 11 says so fittingly:
“Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: ‘Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from the sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.’
Jesus resumed talking to the people, but now tenderly. ‘The Father has given me all these things to do and say. This is a unique Father-Son operation, coming out of Father and Son intimacies and knowledge. No one knows the Son the way the Father does, nor the Father the way the Son does. But I’m not keeping it to myself; I’m ready to go over it line by line with anyone willing to listen.
‘Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me, get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me, and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.'”