“I Led You”
Colby and I love to be together every second we can. Honestly, if we could, we would never be apart. I know that not every marriage desires that and I realize many couples prefer their away time or alone time from their spouse and I totally respect that, but we are the opposite. Of course because of work and other commitments, the desire to always be together is not our current reality however, we take every chance we get to be by each other’s side.
The other night I was working away on my computer and it was way past our bedtime. Colby initiated the bedtime routine by moving from the living room to the bedroom to get ready for bed and shortly after, I followed. The first thing I said to him when I arrived in the bedroom was, “you left me.”
Since you can’t understand the tone through a blog post, let me point out that this wasn’t a tone of a victim. Instead, this was an “I missed you” tone since we usually always head to bed together. Colby’s response after I said, “you left me” was “I led you.”
“I led you.”
Father spoke to me in that moment and reminded me that often times, when myself, or anyone for that matter, feels left by him, they are actually being led. Can you relate? Have you ever felt like God left you? Like he abandoned you and left you alone? Do you know what scripture says about this topic?
”Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
God can’t leave you. He is with you wherever you go and guess what not only is he with you, but if you are a new believer in Christ, Holy Spirit actually lives within you.
“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16
Are you aware now that not only is God always with you but his spirit dwells within you? Let me encourage you with this: perhaps if you feel like God has left you, it’s time to get up off the couch and follow him. Perhaps it’s time to realize he hasn’t left you, but instead he’s led you. Perhaps it’s time to take responsibility and acknowledge that it’s up to you to pursue him.
Colby was leading me because he had my best interest in mind. He knew how tired I would be if I didn’t go to bed, but had I remained on that couch all night I would have missed out on the relationship and friendship with my husband. And every minute I kept my eyes glued to my laptop was one less minute I got to spend with him. And can you imagine night after night, week after week what our marriage would look like if I never followed him? Can you imagine the distance that would come between us as we spent less and less time together?
Your relationship with your Heavenly Father is no different. As Christians, we often grumble that we feel all alone, like God left us or forgot about us, yet we have not done one thing to pursue or follow him. Does that ring a bell with you? You are the sheep and he is your shepherd which means it’s up to you to follow his leading!
Despite what the situation might look like, God hasn’t, and he can’t, and he won’t leave you. Don’t be like me and sit on the couch and miss out on the relationship you could and should have with him. Get up, walk and follow him. Follow his leading. Follow his Word. Follow his voice. There is no better place to be than following the very One who loves you and desires the very best for you and just as the more time I spend with Colby the closer we become, the same will hold true for you and your Heavenly Father too.
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