Ron Witbeck: Finding ourselves in His arms
By Ron Witbeck
Associate Pastor, Resurrection Life Church
Have you ever held someone special close to you — your spouse, your child, or a loved one — and as they are in the security of your arms, you can feel them relaxing? As they do, you feel their breathing soften, the tension of their muscles begin to lessen with the peacefulness and maybe they drift off to sleep. As you continue holding them, you begin to feel the bond of love, never wanting to let go of that moment of time.
If we can be honest with ourselves for a second, there are times in our lives we have a deep need to just have someone hold us, not talking or trying to explain. If we will then listen to that still, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit, letting Him wrap His arms around us and then going to the words of Jesus as He tells us in Mathew 11:28:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (NKJV)
Through mediation of His word, then focusing on the Holy Spirit’s presence, we can be comforted in times when we just need someone to be there for us.
Remembering back before my dad passed away, my wife and I visited him while he was in the hospital. Due to his confusion and anxiety, they had restrained him. I could not hold him, but felt led to read from the Book of Psalms and along with the Holy Spirit was able to give him comfort and peace. During those readings, Dad soon fell asleep.
Whether it’s personal or for those dearest to us, we all need to feel the love that’s so much greater than our own. Let’s submit to God’s word letting His tender love hold us. It doesn’t matter where we find ourselves: with a feeling of being lost, a period of loneliness, or with thoughts of doubt of facing the next day. In those times we need to close our eyes and imagine God as He fills us with that special love as it enraptures us. It’s as if we can begin to feel that gentle but firm embrace.
In times of solitude, even when we may be surrounded by other people who are busy with their own lives, Jesus is there waiting and saying "come to Me." The Holy Spirit is living inside of us, let that love comfort us as if we have the arms of a loved one holding us oh, so tight.
1 John 4:12-16: Seeing God Through Love;
“No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”
Finding ourselves in His arms ... now wrap your arms around your loved ones and let them feel your love for them! God’s blessings!