“…because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. ’” Hebrews 13:15 NIV
When my youngest daughter was about 8 months old, I was interested in starting sleep training practices to get her to slumber throughout the night in her own bedroom. My efforts proved to be unsuccessful early in the training. What I realized was that she was so accustomed to sleeping next to me that she couldn’t make it through the night if she didn’t “feel” me next to her. One evening, after she was sound asleep, I got up from my bed. I watched as she flung her tiny arm all around, anxiously searching for any sign of me. When she didn’t feel me, she immediately started crying. I watched in amazement and marveled at how she thought that I had left her and immediately went into panic mode.
Desperate to transition my baby to her own space, I consulted the “experts” via parenting magazines and websites. One common theme was how important it was for my daughter to understand that just because she couldn’t see Mommy, didn’t mean that I wasn’t around. It was a hard lesson for her to grasp at first, but she eventually learned that just because she couldn’t feel me, that didn’t mean that I had abandoned her. I was still there…and I would continue to be there.
There are times in our lives when we simply can’t feel God. No matter how much we invest in prayer, worship, Bible study, etc, we still feel disconnected from our source. Feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and despair begin to creep in. We often cry out to God, begging and pleading for His response to no avail. The easiest conclusion to jump to at that time is that He has left us to work out our issues on our own. But similar to my sleep training sessions with my baby girl, it is quite possible that we too are on training ground. Remembering that God has already promised to stick with us for the long haul is essential in remaining faithful to Him, even when we cannot feel His presence. A teacher doesn’t speak during the test, yet is still present in the room, waiting to see if his students have truly learned the material that was taught.
It’s imperative that you don’t go into panic mode like my baby did! When you throw your arms up and cannot feel God, leave them there! Continue in your praise, prayer and worship, knowing that He is right there with you.
Please help me to still trust You when I cannot feel You. Even when I cannot sense Your presence in my situation, give me the strength to press on, resting on Your promise to never leave me. I pray for courage, tenacity, and encouragement to take my test when You, my teacher, are not speaking. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today I EMPOWER you to trust God even when you cannot trace Him. Believe that He is still walking with you although you cannot sense Him right next to you. I EMPOWER you believe that sometimes in the race of life, He steps off the track and walks with you on the sidelines. It is there that is He is cheering you on and watching to see if you’ve indeed learned what He has been teaching you.
What keeps you going when you can’t feel Him in the midst of your circumstances?
Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur and a dedicated servant-leader. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.