Smitten. That one word sums up how my husband and I feel about Remy, our rescued standard poodle. And Remy delights in us, confidently knowing he hit the jackpot the day we adopted him and took him out of what had been a painful situation for him. Leaning against us whenever the opportunity presents itself, he demonstrates his total devotion and affection for us. This is no gentle lean against our thigh, but similar to Velcro, he adheres his whole 65-pound body to us, leaning so “hard” that we can easily topple over. We’re Remy’s protection and his safe place.
Do I lean into God and is He truly my safe place?
If you’re like me, perhaps you worry more about productivity and all the things that we have to do, when God quietly calls us to lean in and believe in his provision. Often we just grab hold of the steering wheel and move forward in life in our own power. Do we sincerely know how to rely on Him? Do I completely trust Him as wise King Solomon exhorts us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5, NIV)?
As the saying goes, it’s so much easier said than done. We give it to the Lord, and then we take it back, rather than depending on His provision and love. God yearns to have us draw near to Him when:
- Life is painful and we hurt. Perhaps it’s illness, impending surgery, or struggles with children or grandchildren.
- We’re overwhelmed. We have too much to do, we’ve poured ourselves out for others and we feel drained, and fatigue has set in.
- We continually struggle with besetting sin. It might be poor choices, habits, or addictions, but sin has ensnared us and we know it.
We may feel like a restless ship out in the open seas dealing with all life has thrown our way. But, just as incoming boats find rest in a safe harbor, Jesus invites us to relinquish our cares and abide in Him. When everything crumbles around us, it’s only by opening our hearts and minds to Jesus Christ, our bread of life, will he nourish and sustain us. We can’t overlook the importance of spending daily time in Scripture and communing with Him in prayer for this sustenance, but let’s also delve a little deeper. Are we taking the time to wait on Him and to allow Him to speak to us through His Word or during prayer? I know I often don’t, and that’s when I start taking control once again and lose that intimacy with our heavenly Father. We need to be faithful to lean and listen, because as a dear friend of mine likes to say, “God’s got this.”
We delight in Remy as he leans into us and takes comfort from us. How much more so as we lean into our Lord with all we have, confident He will meet us and tuck us inside the shadow of His wings. “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 63:7, NIV).
Father God, I confess I like being in control, but I just can’t do all of this on my own. I acknowledge my need for you. Please help me lean into you, trust you, and relinquish my situation to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Exodus 14:14 (NIV): “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Psalm 18:2 (NIV): “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
Jeremiah 17:7-9 (NIV): “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
John 15:4-5 (NIV): “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
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