Do you keep your car clean? I don’t. My car is old and worn and falling apart. When I do clean it up, by the end of the next day it seems messy all over again. I have kids who help me with the mess. Often, they scarf their lunch food like nobody’s business during afterschool pick up, while saying, “I am starving, Mom!” Then, there’s the last-minute trips through that drive-thru when it has become one of those we-have-lots-to-do kind of days. I had let the filth pile up for one of my own children to clean up. Don’t judge. Cleaning out the car was given to earn a privilege back and yet still had not been completed. So I thought I might let an extra piece of trash land to the floor, more often. Okay, so my disastrous car floor is wrecked more from my own laxity. Embarrassing. But I wanted to give you an understanding where my head is at today.
As undesirable it is traveling in a messy car, I also find it undesirable walking with the Lord with unanswered questions. Or to be precise, lack of asking for an answer. I was sensing some distance with God. Enough so, to forget ‘directives’ he has given me. This lead me to seek heavenly council. So, I asked God, “What are your commands for me?” I had cast them like one of the many floating pieces of junk on the floor of my car!
My brewing heart was open to obey. I read John 14 and 1 John 5 which gave me hopeful insight. I thought I knew about the blood and baptism of Jesus and the reflection with the Holy Spirit. But, I was carried through some enticing scripture that showed me deeper knowledge of our access to God. This embodied significant value. My feelings of being unapproachable to God had surfaced, insomuch that I also viewed myself like one of those odious pieces of trash on my car floor. God did not let me hold to this elusive perception for very long.
Before I knew it, I was reading the word command left and right and everything in between was electrifying.
“If you love me, keep my commands.”,
“Whoever has my commands”,
“so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”
1 John 5
“carrying out his commands”,
“keep his commands.”,
“And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.”
So clearly, I was in the right spot, my eyes and ears were attentive. A tiny glimmer in the immense pile up of information trafficking in my brain was this – we have direct access to God! The connection for me was real more than ever before. It’s a simple Sunday school message for others. I get that! But, in my inability to feel close to God, I disliked the distance I felt. God handed it all to me in a sweet package.
This verse summed up everything I was gaining sitting with God’s word. [Jesus speaking]
“All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
The Spirit guides in truth, speaking what is heard through Jesus who is with God. Through Jesus, God is not far!
I was given flawless foundations for the truth about his commands. I hope you don’t miss out on moments you can have alone with God. Seek him with all your heart. Got questions? Ask, and enjoy the adventure given for your own heart!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
With love and sweet hugs,
Ps. By the way, that joy, peace and the hope that overflows, let me share that also spread to my car. It may be an old worn car but it is now a cleaner car. That sure was embarrassing, but not anymore!