“You know how to reach me.”
These are the words spoken to me by one of my close friends when I called her in distress but could not put my emotional pain into words.
After two minutes of pauses between starts of sentences and barely-there words on my end of the phone line, that is what she told me before we both hung up the phone.
It comforted my heart to know that she left the door to her support open for me, as she understood that I was not ready to talk about my troubles. It was helpful to know that when I am ready to talk, she will be there.
Thinking back on this experience, a spiritual parallel formed in my mind.
I realized that though this dear friend of mine tried her best to be there for me in my distress, I serve a God who is always there for you and I in our troubling times.
And unlike our family and friends who we may turn to for help, His resources to help us are unlimited! He never sleeps and He is always ready to rescue us. There may be times when we cannot reach our loved ones or a professional for help but we can always reach God! He is with us anywhere we go (Joshua 1:9). We are never hidden from Him (Hebrews 4:13). He knows all and sees all (Psalm 139). God cares about everything that affects us (Psalm 37:23) and He has all of the resources we need (Philippians 4:19).
The Bible and several gospel music songs say that our God is the “Balm in Gilead” that is “healing for the soul.” Listen to the song “Healing” by Richard Smallwood and his choir as they sing about this great balm that only God can give to us.
God understands the cries of our hearts. Not only does He know what we want to say but are struggling to speak it, He answers us before we call (Isaiah 65:24). What a mighty God we serve!
I love God’s Heart of compassion and the way that He loves us unconditionally. I am forever grateful that He is always open to being there for us. The Bible says that He has promised to be with us until the “end of the age” (Matthew 28:20) otherwise known as “the end of the world.”
I would like to encourage you to run to Jesus Christ (God’s Son) when you cannot find the words to say. Go to God when you need help or comfort. Yes, still reach out to the people who God has placed in your life to help you. But never neglect your greatest resource (God). He is waiting for you with open arms.
Now the question is, “How can you reach God?”
The answer is simple: Open The Holy Bible and ask God to send His Holy Spirit to guide you as you read. Before you read a word, ask God for understanding and spiritual discernment. Then listen as God speaks to you through His written word. And always pray! Prayer is like talking to a friend because God wants to be your friend (John 15:15). Just remember to be respectful, because He is King of the Universe and He is Holy. But don’t be afraid to tell Him what is on your heart. God can handle your honesty. Then trust Him to answer all of your prayers according to His will and in His perfect time.
Finally, dear friends, never give up on God because He will not give up on you!
God loves you with all of His Heart. And just like my dear sister friend told me that I “know how to reach” her, you “know how to reach” God! So don’t despair when you are troubled; go to your greatest resource (God). He understands what you are trying to say even when you cannot find the words to say it. And only He can truly comfort and heal your heart.
Be encouraged, dear friends. God’s Love for you will never end. I cannot say it enough: Go to God. He is your greatest resource!
God bless you.
About Alexis: Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.