Serenity. Joy. Trust. This is what envelops me when I am fully connected with the Father. Anxiety. Doubt. Discomfort. This is what pokes at me when our relationship is neglected. Lately I have to say my life has been the latter. For two months my prayer life became dry, yet I could feel my soul struggling to hold tightly to my fellowship with God. While the question of “what is life’s purpose” always comes to mind, the combination of anxiety, doubt, and discomfort brings to the forefront all the disillusions the Evil One so easily injects. Who am I? Am I good enough? Is God listening?
“In a time of favor I answer you, on the day of salvation I help you; and I have kept you and given you as a covenant to the people…” Even though these words are not audibly spoken, I hear them loud and clear. These three short phrases tell me what I need to know:
God not only listens to my words; he answers me.
The Father did not create me to set me up for failure; he anticipates my leaning on him for help so I can live my life to its fullest and be ready on the day of Salvation.
God created me for one specific purpose—to serve him and his people. The capacity in which this is to be carried out is yet to be determined, but I must have faith that the Father will direct me.
God hears us, he answers us, he helps us. Despite whatever life may throw at me, whatever emotions may sweep over me, I can rest confidently knowing that “the Lord is near to all who call upon him.”
Reflected by Audrey Orda