I’m Here

Published on Mar 13th, 2013 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0

I almost missed it.  I was building up an argument in my mind as to why I was so gloomy, and I was doing a very good job of it.  Some of you are very good at seeing the very best in all things.  Others are very good at not seeing much of anything at all.  I am very good at seeing the one frown in the room of smiling faces.  When I am walking in the Spirit this gift serves me well as God allows me to minister in unique ways, but when I am not walking in the Spirit it leads me to some dark places.  Anyway, I was walking down a dimly lit path in my mind and was getting ready to walk down a darker path when God reached down from heaven and reminded me in a very real way that He was aware of me and that He loves me.  Have you ever had that happen?  Isn’t it simply the most amazing hug you have ever received?  What freaked me out a little bit is that I almost missed it.  I found myself being drawn down a path that I knew was dark, and I also knew was greatly outweighed by the amazing grace and mercy of the Gospel (thus it was dimly lit by these great truths), but I kept rehearsing some other truths in my mind that I was allowing to outweigh the beauty of the Gospel.  Then I checked my email.  There was an email from an old friend that spoke directly to that which I was fighting.  What I find amazing about my heart is that I almost dismissed it.  I wanted to be in self pity.  Then I looked at my email again and there was another one from an old friend.  God in His grace would not allow me to continue to go down a path that brought Him no glory.  What an amazing God!

 

He has done this all through the ages.  He sent Elijah a couple of small meals.  He opened the eyes of Gehazi so that he could see the fiery chariots.  He gave Joseph a dream.  He made Abraham look up to begin to count the stars.  He allowed Thomas to touch Him.  He gave Paul to Timothy.  He told John the Baptist to look around at how He was working in others lives.

 

I think we need to be careful here.  I am not talking about some kind of extra biblical revelation.  I cringe when I hear people speaking of how they have some new word from God.  I have enough in the Bible – that is what God tells me in II Tim. 3:16, 17.  But God is our Father and every once in a while He knows that we need a hug and He moves the heart of a friend to send an email, He arranges our Bible study so that we are at the right passage at the right time, He moves the heart of our Pastor to preach something that we need to hear, He times a radio song to be played just when we need it.  So many ways that God reaches down and gives us a hug.  He lets us know that He is our God and that He has great compassion for us.  We just need to open our eyes and hearts to recognize the hug when it comes or to be the hugger when He calls us.

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