Have you ever had to navigate a room in the dark because a light blew? You’re familiar with people saying they feel “naked” without their wedding ring on. You’ve heard someone sigh and yawn on their first day back at work after a vacation. What about the day your cell phone died and you had to find a new model?

We get used to doing things a certain way, using particular tools, all while following a specific schedule. It’s normal to feel vulnerable, tired, lost, and frustrated when the things we have come to rely on change.

Is it any surprise that the more you rely on the Lord, the harder it is to be apart from Him? More than a schedule or a tool, the Lord is the ultimate helper.

There is nowhere like His presence– no peace, no joy, or comfort or certainty like that provided by our Lord.

So it’s especially difficult and disorienting when we reach spiritual highs…and then wander away.

We’re prone to it. It’s in our nature. Paul laments in Romans 7:19 that

“I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”

Paul’s words are about more than getting convicted about the sins we clearly commit, like lying or gossiping.  Sin is also what we don’t do –like when we don’t rely on the Lord.

Jesus tells us,

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30.

Remember when you last laid down your burdens and gratefully stepped into the freedom He gives? Do you remember the rest that you felt when you relied on the yoke of the Lord?

There’s no need to stumble around in the dark, even in spaces you feel you know and can navigate yourself. His Word is the light unto our paths. (Psalm 119:105)

Feeling vulnerable, as if you are without your usual sense of kindness and compassion? We’re never left exposed. He gladly clothes us with His presence. (Romans 13:14)

When you’re weary at work and nothing seems refreshing or worthwhile, remember that all things are for His glory. Work can be exhausting –but He renews us day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

Our constantly changing gadgets are no replacement for the equipping Jesus does. How simple and strong are the lasting tools given by the Lord, like the armor of God and the Word that pierces the soul. (Ephesians 6; Hebrews 4:12)

Wander on back to His presence. He is ever patient, and always faithful, providing for us sufficiently.

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