My best friend here at school has a speaking engagement at home this weekend. I was helping her pack, pick out her clothes, and prepare for her trip three nights ago. It was past midnight whenever my roommate texted me letting me know she would be leaving for this weekend too. What was I going to do with my two closest people at school gone?
Friday morning was sweet as I got to send sweet Mia off on her journey home. Elise also hugged me goodbye and later made it to her destination.
The silence of yesterday afternoon showed me the beauty of uninterrupted time with Jesus. I am soaked in the goodness of God’s love through friendships. Having my friends gone showed me how valuable these gifts from God are.
Jesus also helped me take a quiz, exam, and write a five page paper before Friday at midnight.
Have you been staying up late too? Maybe you are looking at the friends other people have on Instagram. So many seasons of my life have consisted of me waiting for the next step or the next adventure.
As I look back over my walk with Jesus thus far, I just see the absolute beauty of days where it was just me and Him.
If your heart is lonely, I encourage you to press into your Father. If you are surrounded by godly individuals, I challenge you to inspect if they are receiving more of you than you are giving to the Lord.
Living at Liberty has helped me realize that relationships from Jesus can point us closer to Him. We were created with a need for godly community. I also have seen how my time with Jesus impacts all of my other relationships.
I must stay connected to my Vine. I can study ministry, lead girls weekly, serve at a church, write devotions, and seem wonderfully in God’s love yet not do these things in a way that glorifies Him if He is not my first love and priority.
While my friends have been gone, I have spent a lot of time in the book of John. It is captivating to study the life of Jesus. Many people did not recognize who Jesus was whenever He lived on earth. They were talking about the King to come but did not understand that He was right there with them.
This fact applies to you and I too. In desiring relationships, we often overlook Love Himself standing before us.
I challenge us to look at John 15 as Jesus encourages us to live in Him. He does not just desire our lives to be in Him. He desires to be in us. The King of kings and Lord of lords longs for you. He is present. He is worthy of our pursuit. Remember that you do not need to be a certain version of yourself for Jesus to want you. He desires for you to come to Him however you currently are. Philippians 2:13 (NIV) tells us, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
What is your main goal for this week? Are you going to set aside more time to soak in the Presence of Jesus?
Who or what are you depending on?