You never know how much you miss something until you have it again.
You never know how much you needed something until it is given to you.
If you’ve been reading my last few posts, you know that I am a new mom to a now 4 month (seriously where does the time go?!) baby girl. Well this past Sunday was Easter and I was determined to make it to Easter service at my church (we haven’t been back since before she was born)
As soon as I walked in, I felt like I was back home. Even though we didn’t sit in the sanctuary, but instead sat in the overflow part (just in case we need to make a quick escape for a fussy baby!) I don’t know if I can put into words how overcome with joy I was with being back at church.
During worship, I was the only one standing and clapping and outwardly praising God (I guess the overflow room folks are a bit more reserved) There would have been a time where I would have taken cues from others and restrained myself from worshiping so opening and expressively. But not this time, this time I didn’t care, without any hesitation I raised my hands to praise our Savior. After all:
Worship is not about us, but about Him. We are called to ,“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1
I was filled by the Spirit and felt like God had called me there for that very time,that very song, moment and message.
Have you experienced that personal call or longing from God? It is when you think things are going just fine, but once you submit to whatever he places on your heart you can’t help but feel that this is exactly where you are meant to be.
God knows what we need and when we need it before we even recognize the need.
I thought watching church online on Sundays was good enough. Granted there were always so many distractions at home, but I could at least get the general message (unless my internet was acting up). I didn’t recognize how much my soul missed and craved being at church. It is one thing to be halfheartedly listening to the message on your couch while you check facebook, and another to be surrounded by other believers in the physical church where you can feel the presence of God.
It is during times like these that I feel like the lost sheep, going and going and not even realizing I am lost until I am found again.
I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands. Psalm 119:176
I didn’t even realize I lost until I was found again. I wrote this post to encourage those of you that might not feel particularly lost or disconnected to allow to Lord to seek you out.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you James 4:8
Until next time,friends!