Nestling Closer

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I remember walking in the grocery store with our daughter when she was just a little thing, wrapping my arm around her like a momma hen while she pushed the cart with me. I knew it made her feel like such a big girl to help, and I loved keeping her close and protecting her.

As the years went by, she got taller and we’d laugh at how she could tuck herself under my arm when she stood right by my side. I loved squeezing her as she snuggled closer, making her laugh, and feeling her close. We could whisper and share inside jokes no one else would understand.

But eventually she got too tall to fit under my arm, and she got too old (as teenagers sometimes do) to want to do such a thing.

Honestly, it made me a little sad.

I wonder if that’s how God feels when He wants to hold us close and tuck us under His arm, but we pull away. Is it because we’re too grown up in our thinking to do such a thing? Do we feel like we can handle things, we don’t need Him, or we’ve just outgrown our need for Him, our desire to have a close relationship with Him?

But what if God wants to pull us to His side to protect us from running ahead of Him when it’s not safe. Or maybe He’s trying to draw us closer so we don’t trip by turning around to look back at our past.

When God holds us, when He holds you close to His side and sings over you while you nestle closer, singing praises to Him, perhaps that is when your songs intertwine as a single, lovely song, just between the two of you; something so personal and deep the world and all that’s in it can’t touch or change a single note.

And the truth is, we need that closeness with God. We need our Heavenly Father to hold us close, to heal our brokenness, and to teach us to sing when our hearts have forgotten our song. We will always need Him to protect us, to be the safe place we don’t just run to but the safe place we reside and thrive in.

When God pulls us close to His side, my friend, we can pull away. But why would we ever want to do such a thing?

“How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” (Matthew 23:37b NIV.)

“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” (Psalm 63:7-8 NIV.)

“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV.)

 

37 thoughts on “Nestling Closer

    1. Oh thank you, Michelle. I used to run ahead of God, and then I’d realize I was “out there” on my own trying to fix all the mistakes I’d just made. If I would just stay closer to Him and allow Him to protect me (from myself sometimes!), things would be so much better and I could rest in His presence. Blessings to you, and thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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    1. Oh my goodness, thank you!! My prayer has been, “I want more of you, Lord, and I want to love you more.” Capturing His heart would be an answer to that prayer. Thank you again. Your comment truly blesses me! May God bless you!

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  1. I know I have done this. I think we also do it when we feel that God has wounded us in some way by the things that were allowed to happen to us. But even in that, there is protection and comfort by staying and drawing close.

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    1. I agree, Afi. And I’m learning that sometimes God allows me to learn those painful lessons to learn how He disciplines out of love…like if I’m looking to others instead of Him. Yes, there is such comfort and protection when we draw closer to Him! Blessings to you, and thank you for reading!

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  2. I was watching my 5 month old granddaughter snuggle into her Mom’s chest this morning thinking how natural it is for us to “snuggle up” close to the one who is our greatest protector. Your post took it a step further for me. I am not too old to snuggle with my Protector! Thanks for this one!

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    1. Oh you’re so welcome, Beth. Thank YOU for reading and sharing your morning! And I agree, we are never too old to snuggle up to our Protector! What a loving Father we have. Blessings to you!

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  3. Love the scriptures you used. I have a tendency to run ahead of God only to get further behind Him. He wants us close. He wants us to trust Him. I like your analogy.

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    1. Thank you so much, Marcie! God has really been using those Scriptures to speak to me and teach me how He wants us to cling to Him. I’m so glad you enjoyed them! (Praise God for His amazing Word!) I love how you wrote, “I have a tendency to run ahead of God only to get further behind Him.” In the natural world, that doesn’t add up. But spiritually speaking, it makes perfect sense and is actually VERY powerful. Thank you for sharing it! Seriously. I never realized when I run ahead of Him and feel like I’ve wandered off on my own that I’m actually falling behind Him. I pray I stay closer to Him more than ever! And you’re so right…He wants us close, and He wants us to trust Him. Thank you again for your comment. Blessings to you!

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  4. Such a beautiful blog, Joey!! It made me think of my interactions all evening with my now-preteen daughter, who’s sometimes my baby and sometimes holds me at arms length. Thank you for this! And I love the line, “We need our Heavenly Father to hold us close, to heal our brokenness, and to teach us to sing when our hearts have forgotten our song.” AMEN.

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    1. Oh Jessica, I’m there with you! My daughter is moving through her teen years now. 🙂 I thank God for the way He’s helping me to navigate these tricky waters! We have such an awesome Father, don’t we?! Thank you for reading and for your encouraging words. Blessings to you and your daughter…and your whole family!

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  5. Beautiful words, Joey! Your words, “And the truth is, we need that closeness with God. We need our Heavenly Father to hold us close, to heal our brokenness, and to teach us to sing when our hearts have forgotten our song,” truly resonate with my heart. It has taken a life to learn this truth, but it has also yielded such peace. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! Your comment truly blesses me. It does take time to learn all the lessons He has for us, doesn’t it? But when we get it, like you wrote, it brings us such peace. And doesn’t it seem like He pulls us in a little closer when we finally get it? Or maybe that’s when we lean in. 🙂 Either way, I’m so thankful! Blessings to you as well, and thank you for reading and commenting!

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    1. Bless your heart…I think we’ve all been there, trying to figure it out or fix things on our own. But He’s so patient with us, isn’t He? (And I’m so thankful!) And you’re right, He is the best place to be! Blessings to you as you lean in closer and hear Him singing over you.

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    1. I think we’ve all been there, Linda. But praise God you remember to run back to Him!!Thanks for reading and commenting, and blessings to you!

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  6. A great reminder. He does that. Gently reminds us. Thanks for sharing and reminding all of us. Let our days never be so busy that we don’t take time to get a hug from our Father.

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  7. Joey, I love the analogy you gave of a loving parent in closeness with their beloved child! Just beautiful! I know this is how God longs for us to draw near to Him. Your scriptures are the perfect reminder! Oh how He loves us!

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  8. Wow, loved this analogy! I hadn’t thought of our relationship with God like that before, but it makes a lot of sense. My prayer is that I will desire and love those moments in His arms!

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    1. Amen, Emily!! I want to desire and love those moments, too. What precious, loving moments they are…and what an amazing Father we have!! Blessings to you!

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  9. I loved the days when my children were little and I could snuggle with them. I miss that time. Here is another analogy for us in Christ – God calls us to grow up and mature in Him. The snuggly days with God, however, never cease! YAY! That is a comfort.

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    1. Oh I agree, Lisa. Those were such special times…snuggling with our little one (especially at bedtime while reading a book. 🙂 ) And I agree, that’s another wonderful analogy, growing and maturing in Christ. And a big AMEN that our snuggle times with God never end! Praise our Father for how He loves us!! Blessings to you!

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