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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Reaching In

God's most frequent admonition for us is to believe.  "Come to me," He says.  "Know me."  "Trust me."  And we do for a little while, but then the days come when we do not.  Heavy, dark days.  Lonely days.  Days when we know He has died and been buried and we don't know what to do next.  We heard that He had risen from the grave, but we haven't seen Him.

He has instructions for these times:
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.--John 14:27
Do not worry about your life--Matthew 6:25
Cast your cares on the Lord.--Psalm 55:22

We try, but the sadness persists.

That is when our sweet Lord offers us His side.
Put your finger here.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  Stop doubting and believe.--John 20:27

He is real.  He had died and risen.  He has rescued us from death.  No matter how we feel, we must know that His wound  has bled real blood so that we can know peace, so that we can be free.  And when, on some days, the knowledge of these is not enough, we can reach our hand into His side, feel His pulse, and know, really know.

 He does not shrink back from our touch.  We cannot shrink from His.
I am with you always, to the very end of the age.--Matthew 28:20





12 comments:

  1. I can reach in and feel His pulse through your words.

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  2. He is so gracious to us, in our struggles, isn't He?

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  3. I am amazed at His faithfulness, and patience. Love this beautiful example and reminder...

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  4. Beautifully said! By His stripes, we are healed. What grace!

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  5. What an interesting picture. He invites us to experience him, to come close. I like this: He does not shrink back from our touch, we cannot shrink from his. So thankful for our awesome Lord! Blessings.

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  6. "He does not shrink back from our touch. We cannot shrink from His." Amen. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Blessings!

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  7. I so relate to Thomas, needing to touch the wounds of Christ. You do that here ... you're letting people touch Jesus through your words.

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  8. I also relate to Thomas and have prayed the prayer, "Help my unbelief" many times.

    Beautiful post, Mrs. P.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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    1. Yes, Joan, so have I. Thanks for your faithful comments.

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  9. Beautiful words,friend. Come to me--God is always welcoming us to Himself. That encourages me today!

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  10. Beautiful post... thank you... I needed to hear these words.

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