You and me…I can’t keep my eyes off of you….

Feeling like you belong and acceptance are basic human needs.  You feel this need the strongest when you walk through a crowded room where you feel you don’t belong.  Perhaps you are dressed differently, your views are different, or maybe you really are coming in as the outsider.  It’s hard sometimes as a child of God to feel like you belong, and that God truly accepts you just the way you are, and where you are in your circumstances.  You get this idea that because someone else has their life together more than you that perhaps God loves them, or accepts them more. You’re the outsider of God’s total love and acceptance.

Now I know, that most of us know that is not true, and we can recite scripture upon scripture about God’s love.  Be honest, we fear being exposed about our inadequacies, our failures, and if truth be told, we are judged by them.  Humans judge.  It’s in our nature.  Yet 2 Corinthians 1:6 (NASB) says “But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation.”  What if we asked this question:  “What affliction or failure in my life can be used to bring comfort and possibly salvation for another?”  Does God have a purpose for your pain?   We often feel we are not qualified because of our mistakes, but God says because of your mistakes I’m going to use you!  It does not matter how long you’ve been a Christian, mistakes, landing in the ditch, failure will come.  The question becomes is what will I do when I find myself there?  I’m a reader of self help books, and there are many good books out there to help you when trouble comes.  One constant, simple truth has surpassed every advice given –

Keep your eyes on Him. 

 

I’m listening to the song “You and Me” by Lifehouse and God poured this into my soul.  “Anna, it’s you and Me.”  So, I argue, “But, God, really?  Look where I am.  “Really God how can it ONLY be You and me?”   “I feel like I’ve disappointed you, God.  I am ashamed.”

He answers my soul talk…

“Child, I’m Omnipresent.  I’m the great I AM!  I can be here with you right now – it’s you and Me – and I’m the same for each one of my children.  Stop trying to figure that one out, and just let me love you.  It’s you and Me.”  “I love you, and just keep your eyes on Me.”  “I will show you.”

I was surprised a pop song came over the Christian Pandora selection, but not surprised spiritually because of God’s work.  From that point on I could worship so freely and intimately with Him, so that I could go out into the world and minister to others.  His Holy presence is living within in us.  It truly is just you and Him, for each of us, so we can minister to our hurting world.

We need those You and me moments where I can’t keep my eyes off of you (a line from the song).  Those worship moments where you feel His Holy presence working and speaking to your soul.  Those moments that sustain you through the pain, the challenges.  And, one thing we know about God – He NEVER takes His eyes off of us.

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths.  Proverbs 5:21

An excerpt from the song You and Me by Lifehouse:

What day is it? And in what month?
This clock never seemed so alive
I can’t keep up and I can’t back down
I’ve been losing so much time

‘Cause it’s you and me and all of the people with nothing to do
Nothing to lose
And it’s you and me and all other people
And I don’t know why, I can’t keep my eyes off of you

One of the things that I want to say just aren’t coming out right
I’m tripping on words
You’ve got my head spinning
I don’t know where to go from here

‘Cause it’s you and me and all of the people with nothing to do
Nothing to prove
And it’s you and me and all other people
And I don’t know why, I can’t keep my eyes off of you

2 comments

  1. I like this Anna. I don’t ever doubt God’s love for me; but, honestly, sometimes when I’m feeling vulnerable/anxious/upset, in the moment I forget that I have all I need thanks to the relationship I have with God. It”s usually when I’ve moved out of the situation that is making me feel those feelings, and while I’m reflecting on it that I remind myself that I was well supported, but “forgot” to rely on my support/love from God, in the moment. If I know that I’m moving towards something that frequently leaves me feeling anxious/vulnerable, I always appeal to God to continue to “walk with me” in my journey, and I know he “delivers” every single time, whether I’m attune to it or not. He is an awesome God!

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  2. I like the visual of moving towards Jesus and His love, and not moving toward the action that is creating anxious thoughts. I also want to remember that God is in control of every moment if I allow Him to be. When I look back and see how anxious I was, yet how well supported I was by God, I’m amazed at how anxious I was in the first place! 🙂 Keep talking to me! I love your thoughts.

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