Sit Here With Me

Caught up in emotional frenzy, Sharon needed to get away alone for awhile to unwind. The solution was a no-brainer, she would head to the tranquility of the Colorado foothills.

 Time disappeared as she traveled upward on the unbeaten path. She felt the stress and anxiety slowly dissipate and her mind began to clear as she breathed the fresh mountain air.

 Then she stopped. Her surroundings had become barren, overgrown with waist-high wild grass and flowers. Sharon realized that she had reached a place that appeared seldom visited. Then she noticed it. An old, broken-down bench in the midst of the weeds.

A soft voice beckoned to her, "come sit with Me". Time stood still. She heard it again... "come sit with Me." The warm and welcoming presence of God waited as she made her way slowly to the bench. "Okay, Lord. I'll sit," she whispered. The bench creaked and shifted underneath her. She closed her eyes. The birds sang joyfully all around her and she felt the soft breeze on her skin. Suddenly, an indescribable peace overwhelmed her soul.

Waiting to hear more, she sat with a new tranquility in her heart that would sustain her from that time on. This Presence gently reminded her of His complete sovereignty over her life. "Why do you worry? I am with you always. I will never leave you. Trust in Me." It was the unmistakable voice of her Lord.

Suddenly the anxiety rose up again. "But I have so much to do! I have so much on my plate! I don't even have time to sit here! Lord, there are so many expectations on me and can't possibly fulfill them all without someone being very disappointed! I can't do this! I need you!" her thoughts raced through her mind in a millisecond.

"You can do all things through Me and I will strengthen you. But first... sit here with Me. Be still and know that I am God." His voice reassured her again. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. How long she sat there with the Lord she did not know. The clouds gathered above and soft, cool rain drops brought her back into time.

Sharon came down from that place made anew, with fresh assurance that He held her in His hand. God had met her there, sat with her there, and loved her there. She would hold the memory of that meeting with Him for the rest of her life.

 This is the God of Bible. He calls us daily to come and sit quietly. To listen to His soft voice. To be reminded that the Creator of the Universe is always orchestrating things together for our good.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11).

 Come and sit for a while. Rest in the peace that only He can give.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this. A good reminder that God deserves so much more of my time than what I give Him ❤️

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  2. God always manages to find ways to slow our frantic pace to speak to us. Sometimes it’s a gentle prompting to weary legs accustomed to running away.

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    1. Isn't that the truth? We can wear ourselves out trying to avoid Him. Hiding in the garden.

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  3. Jesus is so enjoyable when we let Him be Himself with us and we allow ourselves to be ourselves with Him. He is always so willing to grow and develop our relationship with Him and it is often far more simple than we believe it to be.

    "He is the playfulness of creation, scandal and utter goodness, the generosity of the ocean and the ferocity of a thunderstorm; He is cunning as a snake and gentle as a whisper; the gladness of sunshine and the humility of a thirty-mile walk by foot on a dirt road."

    -- John Eldredge, Beautiful Outlaw

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