Last week I heard a song on the radio and I can’t even tell who sang or what the song was, but one thought from it has been reverberating in my soul since then. The artist said something like, “It’s been too long since I let you hold me…..” That really struck me. Usually when I go to God it is about what I am supposed to be doing next or what I am supposed to see about Who He really is or something on that order. But I had to ask myself when the last time as that I went to Him just to be held? I feel awkward even saying that. Why would I just go to Him for wisdom or direction and not just let Him hold me.
What if He is more interested in how I am doing than I am? What if He is offering comfort or care that I am not receiving because I just don’t slow down enough?
Psalm 131:2 says, “But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” A weaned child is not asking for something from his or her mother, the child is simply at rest being with the mother.
What if our time with God is supposed to be more about just being with Him than getting wisdom or next steps or whatever?
In Matthew 23:37 Jesus is talking about Jerusalem and has a mother’s heart for the city. He says, “… Many times I wanted to gather your people as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you did not let me.”
I get choked up whenever I see that part of the movie Dumbo where the mother is locked up but still is comforting her child. He loves us more than any word picture we can think of or any example of human love can show. I believe God’s desire to comfort and care for us is a part of His character as much as His desire to lead us and give us strength to move forward into our destiny, in fact when we move from a place be being held, perspectives change and doors open.
When I heard the lines of that song that got me thinking I had to ask myself a question or two I’d like to forward to you as well.
- When is the last time you just let God hold you?
- When is the next time you can lean into Him in that way?
- What is He wanting to say to you in that moment?