Nothing can separate us

God never let's go of us.

What a great promise and yet I have these times when God seems so far away, when I feel separated from God.

You've had those times right? So, if he is always with us, then he hasn't moved in these barren times. It must be us that moves away from him, but why? Life feels right when we are walking with him. He is our refuge. That's what makes my head spin - why would I move away?

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge" Psalm 18:2

I forget this, I have found that when I am feeling bad about myself or doubting, instead of leaning into God, I pull away. 
It is when I think I'm not good enough, when I've convinced myself that I'm lacking and ill equipped for any task. It is when that voice in my head tells me I am useless, unable and no good to God. These are the times I move away.  Like Adam and Eve hiding behind a bush in the garden, I try to hide from God. I know I am unworthy to be in his presence, I am ashamed and feel naked, so I hide.

The bush I hide behind is guilt, doubt and worry. In that hiding place there is a voice whispering lies over me reinforcing my weakness and shame. 

It is like a gentle breeze in the midst of this battering that I hear a gentler voice, not accusing but loving. A voice that beckons and calls "where are you?" God searches for the broken, lost, confused, hurt and doubting.
As I peek from behind the hands covering my face, God waits. He doesn't force me out into the open, he doesn't banish me from the garden.

The God of all creation, the all powerful, all knowing God, waits - for me! (Tweet this)

"And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore he lifts himself up, that he may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you.
Isaiah 30:18 (Amplified Bible).

He waits, with his arms open, he invites us to come. Come out of hiding, come away from the lies. Let go of the hurting and the doubt. Give up the burden to him.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Yes I am unworthy, sometimes I mess it all up and sometimes I hide and through it all God never let's go. Nothing can separate us from God.

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