NEAR:: A Free-Write on Psalm 34:18
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds…”
What is the one word that speaks to you in this group of verses?
For me, today, it was the word “near.” And this is what spilled out of me as I pondered it:
Lord, thank You that You are always NEAR. Whether I am filled with happiness or overwhelmed with a broken heart— You are with me. Whether I am contentedly sitting next to a peaceful stream or breathlessly climbing a mountain of hardship— You are with me. Whether I’ve got a huge, gummy smile spread across my face or I am sobbing in the dark for fear of all that might go wrong in the lives of my children— You are with me. Whether I am filled with pride and satisfaction from a job done well or I am covering my face in shame because I have, once again, proved to be a flawed and sinful woman— You are with me.
Lord, You are here. Always. You are here when I choose to meet with You on a daily basis. And You are here when months or years have gone by without me attempting to connect with You. You are here when life is comfortable and my family and I are healthy and content. And You are here when times are challenging and I’m unsure how we will even make it to the next weekend alive.
You, Lord, are pure and good and right and true— always. You are capable of healing me and capable of comforting me and capable of even birthing beauty out of the most ugly, unexpected trials in life. You are good, Lord. There isn’t a single soul on this planet who is truly and always pure and good like You. No one else can ever fulfill me like You. No one else can ever comfort me or bring me peace the way You can. No one else can ever surprise and delight me the way You do.
Your purity and Your goodness overwhelm me, Lord. I am so grateful to know You. I am so grateful to have been forgiven by You and to be blessed by You and known by You. I am so thankful that You sought me out and found me when I was a lost and lonely young lady— just 12 years old. Thank You for whoever it was that gave me that red paperback “Good News” Bible that hot August day at the Deschutes County Fair in Redmond, Oregon. Thank You for stirring up in me a hunger for You and for Truth as I leafed through that thin book. Thank You for revealing Yourself to me that summer. I don’t even know how You did it, it was so mysterious. The Bible is such a complicated, confusing book— yet You made so much of Yourself clear to me those first several years of my life with You. I am so very grateful for how You have poured Your love and Your wisdom and Your guidance all over my life ever since then. In 1 Thessalonians 4:9, Paul talks about how the Christians in Thessalonica “have been taught by God”— yes, that’s it. Thank You for teaching me Your self, Your ways, and Your incredible love all my life.
Thank You, Lord, for always being near me. I see You, Lord. And I’m so thankful I’m never alone.
(*Today’s prompt was inspired by FaithBarista’s #OneWordCoffee Wednesday post this week. I selected one word that stood out to me from the verses she suggested and did a free write for about 10 minutes.)
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What about you?
What word or idea speaks to you from the verses above?
Please feel free to share your comments or your own journey in the comment section below.