I love the verse “Come near to God and He will come near to you…” James 4:8. I love it because it reminds me that all I have to do for God to come near to me, is to come near to Him. He is always there…..waiting. He is always there just waiting for us to come to Him. Waiting for us to ask for His help. All we have to do is ask for what we need. Wisdom. Knowledge. Patience. Understanding. Humility. Whatever it is you are in need of, only He can provide you with it.
I think it’s important to remember how that verse reads. It does not say that God comes near to you, so come near to Him. You must make the first move. You must come near to Him first. He has given us choice and free will, so it is always our choice whether or not we go to God. He is always there waiting, but it is up to us to make the first move.
I find it very comforting knowing He is always there for me. In fact, I thank Him for that every morning. I thank Him simply for being there, for listening, for caring, for forgiving, and for loving me. What a great gift!
This morning I went for a run after my daughter left for school. During my run I had a conversation with God. I prayed, let Him know how thankful I am, what I want to work on today and how I need His help. He gave me some to-do’s for the day and some things to focus on like He usually does, but today He gave me a little more. When I was done with my run I was walking back to our house, and as I got to our house I noticed how the sun was coming through the trees just so and you could see the rays of light shining down to the ground. (the picture above is one I took this morning from my yard) It was so pretty and not something I usually see. I immediately knew it was a little gift from God. I felt He was telling me He enjoyed our talk, and He wanted to remind me that He is always there listening to me and loving me.
What a great way to start your day!