Lovingly Hemmed In
Until he moved next to me, he was right there; just two seats away, but he didn’t reach out. Right there in the presence of God, yet feeling separate. As I think on his story, I can’t help but wonder how many of us can relate? I would venture to guess all of us at times have felt unloved, unworthy, ashamed, hurt or alone, and instead of reaching out to God or others, we felt the need to isolate ourselves or cover up our pain; all the while sitting there and wondering, “Does anyone see me, does anyone care?”
If you can relate right now, I have good news for you. God always sees; God always cares. No matter where you are or what you are going through, God is with you.
Psalm 139:1-5 in the NIV says:
1O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.
2You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.
5 You hem me in-behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
The last verse above, Psalm 139:5 in the Message, explains beautifully what it means to be hemmed in-
5I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too–
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
I want to encourage you – whatever you are walking through; you don’t have to walk through it alone. As the verses above beautifully depict, God says I’m right here – let me help you. Don’t try to hold this in – let me heal you. I’m walking beside – let me hold you. I have placed loving people around you – let my love flow through them to you.
My prayer for you today is that you will open up to Him. Talk to him as your Papa, your Abba, your Daddy, acknowledging his presence ever around you. I pray you will let his love heal you… let his love flood those dark places and hurt places and shine light in where the sun hasn’t shined in so long. I also pray that you will reach out to the people he has placed around you in your church family and allow Him to love you through them.
Today is a new day – a day of healing, a day of hope for you – a day to be set free and begin to walk in freedom.