I was listening to the radio this morning and meditating on the words of the song, “Draw me close to you.” I thought about a Wednesday night Bible study on John Bevere’s ‘Draw Near.’ The main message was draw near to God and He will draw near to us. We have to take that step to draw near to Him.
After the song, the radio DJ, Andy, then spoke about his experience at the grocery store. He was purchasing his groceries and about to take the cart from the bag boy to go to his car. The bag boy told him he would be happy to take out the groceries for him. Andy argued with him saying ‘it’s pouring rain out there, I will take them myself.” But the bag boy would not let go of the cart and instead said, ‘Cmon let’s go!’
After reflecting on the encounter later that evening, Andy said he thought about his own reaction and relationship with God. In his own strength, he wants to control everything he can in life, and take charge of it. And instead of letting God take control of it, he won’t let go. His burden, Jesus reminded us, is easy and light. That is what he wants me and you to carry, not the heaviness of life.
Wow. It was a beautiful word for me today, folks. I told you in the previous blog about the spine surgeon’s surprise phone call. I want to take control of Philip’s spine myself. I have put that burden on myself. And yet, Jesus says, to give it to Him, and find rest instead in Him, not the burden that He will carry. Today, I realize that Philip’s spine health is not my burden or my name or my glory. Jesus is on the throne, my King is on the throne. And He has Philip in His strong hand. And nothing will happen but what is in His plan for Him. I trust Him, and I will take that step and draw near to Him.
God give you grace and strength to draw closer to Him…He invites you to come…