Longs for You
Dena J. Dyer
- Scripture: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone
those sent to you, how often have I longed to gather your children together, as
a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! (Luke 13:34,
Last week, I was gone to a writing conference in Colorado, and I had
to leave my son and husband behind for a few days.
I don't like to be away
from home, but I knew God was opening a door for me to go to this conference,
and I needed a spiritual retreat. It was a wonderful time in the mountains, surrounded
by nature and by other people who shared my passion for the written word. But
by the third day, I was so homesick for my 3 year-old, Jordan, that my arms literally
ached to hold him.
As I prayed and cried that night before falling asleep,
God spoke to my heart. "I long for my children that way," he seemed to say to
me. And with a start, I realized that in the scripture God is often portrayed
with emotions like a mother's.
Are you running from God? Do you feel as
if he's forgotten you? Maybe you think he should have intervened to help you with
a problem that continues to trouble you.
Just remember: John 3:16 says
that God sent his only Son far away, when he could have held Jesus close to his
side, because he loves you so much.
And even now, his arms ache to hold
Lord, help me to remember that you love me even more than
I can imagine. Thank you that you never leave me or forsake me.
© Dena J. Dyer. Used by permission.
Dena Dyer is wife to Carey and mother to their two boys, Jordan
and Jackson. Her other roles include professional actress and
singer, women's speaker, and author. Dena has written for Woman's
World, Today's Christian Woman, Writer's Digest, Christian Reader, and Discipleship Journal.
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