I Miss God

DaisiesIf you have come upon this post because you feel a distance from God, and miss Him in the way you’ve once known Him, can I just welcome you.

God has such compassion.

No matter where we are in our lives or what we have done, His heart is one of compassion towards us (Ps.103:8). We are deeply, deeply loved by Him.

‘Come to Me,’ Jesus says. In whatever place we find ourselves. ‘Come to Me,’ He tells us.

God knew us before the foundation of the world, and He knows the problems and the pain we are facing today, and He will not turn us away.

He sees as we are locked in sin and addiction and a cycle of hopelessness, and He will never give up on us (Heb.13:5).

‘For He knows how weak we are; He remembers we are only dust’ Ps. 103:14.

‘Come to Me,’ He says. Even in the grip of sin. Even after the millionth failure. ‘Come to Me, and you will find rest for your souls’ Matt.11:29. 

We don’t have to do anything or say anything, just go to Him. Just be. In His presence. In His love, which cannot be earned, and will never be taken away.

He will never turn us away in our brokenness. ‘A broken and sorrowing heart, O God, You will not put from You’ Ps.51:17.

‘Come to Me,’ Jesus says. ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest’ Matt.11:28.

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~ by Birgit on February 20, 2011.

19 Responses to “I Miss God”

  1. To those who seek, know that His desire is for you. He is rich in love and full of mercy. For He satisfies the longing soul and the hungry soul He fills with good things (Psalm 107).

    Thank you for the reminder of the beauty of God, Birgit, that even if our hearts move away, or if we are tired and weary, He remains the same and He upholds us with His own hand. Love to you friend.

  2. How wonderful to be reminded that He deeply, deeply loves us. All we have to do is surrender to Him, and our burdens can just fall away. Awesome!

  3. ‘Come to Me,’ He says. Even in the grip of sin. Even after the millionth failure. ‘Come to Me, and you will find rest for your souls’ Matt.11:29.

    I love this translation, B. It really emulates the love and acceptance of the Savior. He loves us “even after the millionth failure.” Wow.

    I needed to hear that today. Thank you.

  4. Thank you for including me. Feeling rather “hopeless” these days. You always right at the perfect time. So blessed to have looked at my old email account. Hope that you and Michael are doing well.

  5. Hi birgit, Great timing. I have had the most awful traumatic week. This stuff we go through with god is so practical and grass roots. We really cannot know how to stand along someone in true understanding unless we have experiecned the same thing I believe. I thin until then it’s more the theory of christianity.

    To say to surrender to god and our burdens simply fall away seems a little easy. I experienced such terrifying crushing weight this week of my burdens and felt God at the periphery not in the centre. I prayed and read god’s word but the crushing weight continued. I then had prayer and slowly calm and sanity returned. Now though I truly know the terror of being so close to the edge of wanting life to end!

    I thank God with all my heart that he has such compassion and NEVER gives up on me. Whatever decision i make, whether walking in god’s path or turning from it, thank you God that you gently and lovingly guide me back. No whack not telling me “told you so!”.

    thank you birgit for being god’s vehicle. xxxxx love Sally

  6. Thank you so much to each of you for your lovely and encouraging replies here, just to let you know I’ll be back soon, to reply more fully to each, B ox

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    Sal, I wanted to reply to this as soon as I saw it this morning. I am so sorry to hear of the terrible trauma you have been through this past week, and the terrifying crushing weight you describe. My heart truly goes out to you, and I wish I were there to be with you in person.

    I absolutely agree that as we walk through suffering of whatever kind with God, that it allows us to understand and to empathise and to have compassion on others and their pain, in a deeper kind of way, in a way that would not be possible otherwise.

    It’s incredible the way you describe God’s love and His compassion reaching you just at the moment you needed this most. And that He gently and lovingly guided you back. I think this is beautiful. Such a picture of the Good Shepherd. Like you, I am so grateful for His love that is beyond understanding. His gentleness in our pain and His grace that covers our weakness and failings.

    I’m praying for you, and sending lots of love, Birgit xo

  7. Hi Birgit,

    Love it! Your writing is just getting better and better!

    By the way…………..I am engaged! It has been a mind blowing year or so and April 9th is the big day. Check out
    http://www.chuckandsally2011.com for more on the love of my life. You helped pray him in Birgit!
    Thanks you
    Sal

  8. Sal, it is SO lovely to hear from you and can I just say a huge CONGRATULATIONS to you and Chuck!! This is such amazing news, and I’m so enjoying your wedding site, and reading all about your lovely story and seeing all of your gorgeous photos! I’m so happy for you, and yes, I do remember all our prayers :) God is amazing in the way He’s answered. I’ll be in touch with you more by email.
    Miss you, and can’t wait to see you and meet your husband-to-be when you’re next in London. Love B ox

  9. So true Birgit, my world caved in about four and half years ago.

    God is faithful and he brought me through. Even today i was at the hospital and looked across to the Hospice. I know that Julia went straight through the roof and up to Jesus. i can now go in there and feel so secure in the love of God.

  10. ‘Come to Me,’ He says. Even in the grip of sin. Even after the millionth failure. ‘Come to Me, and you will find rest for your souls’ Matt.11:29.

    I need rest. I can’t seem to get enough sleep these days. I know I’m burnt out from trying so hard…yet…He tells me to stop and rest.

    I wonder why, after years and years of knowing Him, I can still get caught up in self. Well, flesh. It truly aggravates me and causes me to want to be rid of this body!

    I do feel the groaning of this earthly tent and desire to be something altogether different. You know, when this mortal puts on immortality…what a day that will be!

    Thank you, Birg, for the reminder to come to Him. He’s always ready to receive us. He will never turn us away. Praise Him.

  11. you got it girl! :) Keep on preaching it. peace to you on this journey, sister :)

  12. Rain, this is such beautiful encouragement, thank you for the reminder of His faithfulness, even in our faithlessness. His goodness is beyond understanding. Lots of love to you too, B ox

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    Hi Vicky, so lovely to see you here, and thank you for what you’ve said here about surrender to God. There is such peace and power that flows from this place of being completely yielded. I hope you’re doing okay, I’m praying for you, Love B xo

    ***

    Hi G, I’m so glad this was encouraging for you, like you, it gives me such reassurance to know that God’s mercy and grace is without limit as we come to Him broken by our sin, that it’s freely ours because of what Jesus has done for us on the cross. So amazing.
    I hope you and your lovely family are well, G. Love Birgit ox

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    It’s so lovely to see you Hope, and so sorry to hear of the hopelessness you’ve been feeling. I’ve so enjoyed our emails recently, and will be praying. May He bring such refreshing and hope to you once again. Love B ox

  13. Cyril, thank you so much for sharing a little of your experience with Julia. I remember hearing from you about God’s faithfulness in bringing you through this time, and it is so reassuring and inspiring to hear of all the ways that God cared for you through this time. I even wrote a little about it here – http://birgitwhelan.com/2007/11/05/sky-at-dawn/
    With love and blessings to you.

    ***
    Michelle, it’s so lovely to see you, and I’m so sorry to hear of the tiredness and burn out you’ve been facing. I really relate to what you mentioned here about trying so hard spiritually that it actually feels like a burden after a while, and God’s continual encouragement and comfort, just to come to Him, and be carried by His grace.
    Like you, I’m overwhelmed God’s goodness in never tiring of us, always showing us mercy, never turning us away. Thanks for the reminder of this. With love, Birg xo

    ***

    Hi Randi! :) Thank you so much! Hope you’re well, and lots of blessings to you, B ox

  14. wow,this made my day!!I thank God with all my heart that he has such compassion and NEVER gives up on me. Whatever decision i make, whether walking in god’s path or turning from it, thank you God that you gently and lovingly guide me back.thank you for everything and this words touched my heart!!

  15. Hi Madeline,
    Thanks for stopping by and your lovely reply. Your comment reminds me of Psalm 145:8 that says that God is full of mercy and compassion, slow to anger and rich in love.
    He is infinitely patient, and it’s true what you say that He never gives up on us.
    Lots of blessings, Birgit

  16. I googled I miss god and came across this i cried and cried and asked god to hold me.

  17. Stevie, it was so lovely to receive this reply from you, and to know that God is drawing you to Himself, may His grace and His love and His presence continue to be with you. Lots of blessings, Birgit.

  18. Googled “I miss God” and was clicking around. I’m glad I came across this…it was such a blessing straight from God to read the post and the replies. I’ve been very down and feelin distant from Him lately, and I’ve been needing some time to spend with Him to recharge my soul! Thank you for your wonderful writings.

  19. Hi :) Thank you so much for your lovely reply, it’s so good you came across this at the right time :) May you feel God’s presence with you closer than ever, and may He give you such grace, with lots of blessings to you, Birgit.

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