Draw Me Nearer, Precious Lord!

Everyone goes through occasions when God feels distant. Sometimes life distracts us and we allow our hearts to be drawn away by the whirlwinds of busyness and stress. Our prayers become dry, reading his Word feels like a chore, and it seems his voice is silent. But right there, on the flip side of this wilderness and only a breath away, is the manifest presence of God.

If you’ve lost sight of him, reach out again. Allow him to embrace you. Even if you don’t sense it at first, you will. Still your thoughts and begin to remember what his touch was like. Once you’ve been in his presence, you already know the way. If you’ve never encountered the profound love of God, ask him to come near and pour it out. Sing your songs of worship. Let words of praise and gratefulness catapult you right into his love. He is waiting.

Father, I don’t want the seasons of hardship and distraction to guide my future. Come meet with me. Lead me by the hand into glorious encounters. Crash upon my heart like a waterfall. Soak every dry place. Whisper words of love that awaken my spirit. I turn my spirit and soul to you.

From “The Divine Romance” written by Brian Simmons and Gretchen Rodriguez

Listen, my radiant one—if you ever lose sight of me, just follow in my footsteps where I lead my lovers. Come with your burdens and cares. Come to the place near the sanctuary of my shepherds. Song of Songs 1:8 TPT

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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