With two dear sisters in Christ, I've begun another 100 day journey. We have reached week two, the chapter entitled Abide and Adhere. As I prayed this morning about abiding in the Lord and finding our needs met in Him, I became aware of His powerful longing for us: a focused, urgent, love-fueled awareness of each one of us as His beloved. He doesn't want to lose us. Despite all our silly wanderings and the surface fluff of over concern for appearances, He sees our hearts, and His desire is for us.
Our Lord's concern is less about whether we are able to do what He has told us to do than about whether we can be what He has asked us to be. Like a groom asks for His beloved's hand in marriage, He asks, "Will you be mine?" And even more heartrendingly He implores us, "Do not forget Me."
Difficult circumstances may find us more faithful to Him than when our paths become easy.
When we find our circumstances pleasant, our bodies comfortable, and all is well with our world, we must not forget Him. Abiding consists of establishing disciplines of prayer, praise, worship, and intake of Scripture, and holding fast to those disciplines in good times and bad. But even more than that, abiding refers to the alignment of our hearts.
Let us bind him to our hearts and display His mark of love upon not only through spiritual commitment, but through physical disciplines that enable us to walk more according to the Spirit than to the flesh. It is difficult. But even when our outward actions don't show this inward belonging, let us remember His love, and over time as repeatedly bring our wandering hearts back into alignment with Him, our lives will, in increasing measure, reflect His.
My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you...
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.