Christmas in July … Not!

“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Thy works.” Ps. 73:28, NASB

I think it was Christmastime. With two of our children’s December birthdays to celebrate, plus the holiday to prepare for, I. Was. Weary. Fervently I dreaded the distinct possibility of busyness that hindered me from truly appreciating the season. Everywhere I turned, responsibility beckoned. Yet when I turned to the Lord with this passionate plea, oh, how He tenderly heard and marvelously answered me:

 BE NEAR ME
 
 The world…
Is rushing by
These days.
I want…
To hear Your voice
This day.
 
Hold me
Hush me
Still me
Stop me…
O Lord!
Be near me!
 
Sometimes You feel so close
Yet many times I’m cluttered…
Busy days, exhausted nights
Responsibilities
And countless activities—
My time with You becomes slight.
 
I just want You
To break into
All plans that I have made.
I just want You
To speak into
The noise so it will fade.
 
“Seek Me”
“Find Me”
“Call Me”
“Hear Me”
My Lord!
You’re near me.
 

Granted, it’s not Christmas season right now. But most of us probably can relate to summertime busyness what with camps, vacations, sleepovers, and more. Then again, maybe you’re experiencing a different kind of busyness altogether. Whatever the case, does your spirit crave reconnection with the living God? God’s nearness soothingly refreshes and powerfully restores us.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.” Ps. 23:2

“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jer. 29:12-13

God blesses us with His presence in the most intimate of ways. Inviting Him to interrupt our plans, let’s open our hearts to Him anew.

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2 Replies to “Christmas in July … Not!”

  1. Loved your poem, Emily. We are always so busy these days. Found your post on Juana’s link up. 🙂 I like the new look of your website. Very nice. See you soon. andy~

    1. Sweet Andy,

      Thank you so much for your kind remarks – I so much appreciate them. God is so good to give me poems when I can’t express myself any other way. Much love to you, and I am really looking forward to our visit.

      In Christ’s love,
      Emily

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