A Magnificent Obsession

My children have been grown and out of the house for years now–they do not come running to me anymore when they need something–happy dance!  I am very proud of them all and the responsible adults they have become.  I’d forgotten what it was like to have a little one rely on me and look to me for everything from comfort, food, cloths, a changed diaper, toys and protection.  There is nothing more delightful than to be needed–appropriately.  It doesn’t matter to me if she’s hugging me from delight or fear or joy or love–it all translates into “I love you, I need you and I trust you.  You are everything to me.”  I am her world at that moment and she is mine–we are entwined–ONE.

When barricaded by God--everything else just fades.

When barricaded by God–everything else just fades.

Sometimes I forget that God loves us that intensely and more!  That is why Jesus said for us to become as little children (Big children are just too independent), and reminded us over 365 times not to worry.  So why are we worrying?  Instead we should be cuddling with God, letting Him be our world and protecting us.  The song Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus came into my mind while doodling.  It goes like this;  “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will go strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”  I wondered to myself how many times I found myself worrying when it wasn’t necessary.  Obviously I was looking full into the problem and not Jesus face or I would not be worrying.  I like the entire devotion in My Utmost for His Highest this morning, but this stood out–

If we are obsessed by God, nothing else can get into our lives–not concerns, nor tribulation, nor worries.  And now we understand why our Lord so emphasized the sin of worrying.  How can we dare to be so absolutely unbelieving when God totally surrounds us?  To be obsessed by God is to have an effective barricade against all the assaults of the enemy.

As Stephen Curtis Chapman puts it, let God be your “magnificent obsession.”

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