Sometimes, God can feel very far away. We know what His comforting hand, his guiding voice feels like, and yet, at those difficult times in our lives, He can seem very far away, indeed.
Is it we who moved away? Is it Him? And how do we bridge the gap we feel?
To begin, God promises to be with us, no matter what trials we face, no matter how difficult or scary life becomes. We might not always feel His presence and His comfort, often due to our own fear, our own disbelief or our own non-trusting attitude. We want to know “how” and He encourages us to let go and allow Him to be God — He can figure out any “how.” It is we who get locked in to thinking what is possible, and therefore we put handcuffs on Him and His power and limit what we will ask for.
How do we suspend our fears, our disbelief and our non-trust? We let go. We move into the longing we feel for God’s presence, ask for what we need and then trust that He can solve any riddle, manage any issue and heal any wound. He has not moved away. It is we who do not fully believe He can do what He says He can do, which is to help us with the worries we face each day.
The old adage, “Let go and let God,” is most appropriate here. It requires a deeper relationship and full trust in Him to do what He says He can and wants to do for us. Respond to your yearning today and turn toward God and allow Him to become the central, driving force of your life.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third St. South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059, ext. 718.