Draw Near

You can learn so much from someone’s countenance. Some seem to radiate a certain light and life while many clearly carry the weight of the world and others the shame of a lifetime of secrets buried. Lines and stress, heartaches and bitterness, sweetness and sincerity – so much of it can readily be seen on the face of friends and strangers alike.

I was once in a leadership role at a church which required me to sit up on a large platform during services. It was uncomfortable for me because, much to your surprise, I have some very strong introverted tendencies. I had to close my eyes and just focus on Jesus as if he and I were the only two people in the room. Otherwise, my heart would become heavy as I scanned the crowd. Being in leadership, we were privy to the struggles of many, and I would look out and think, there’s Jane, I hope her husband has come home. Ah, I am so glad to see that John is here today. Oh, I pray he has let go of the drinking, and so on. But my favorite part, without a doubt, was watching countenances change in God’s presence. Over and over, tears would stream down my face as I watched with joy and wonder as God did what only he could do – lift burdens, heal broken hearts, speak words of love and hope, renew joy and purpose. You could watch it cross the room and see joy hit faces. Sometimes angry faces set in stone that I hadn’t seen budge in years would finally crumble and let light in. And I would be undone.

One service, I was feeling a lot like I was this morning, particularly overwhelmed with all the hurt and loss and need in the world, as well as particularly aware of my own inability to do anything about it. I was scanning all of the hurting people and feeling crushed beneath the weight of it all. And I closed my eyes and begin to worship, to cry out. I got a little lost in my worship, in my crying out. But when I opened my eyes, something had happened. The alters were filled and people were on their faces before God, countenances changed, eyes filled with hope. They were getting exactly what they needed and I could not give them. The Lord spoke to me in that moment and he said, “You don’t have to fix everyone. You just have to get them to me.” Because, you see, there’s nothing he cannot fix. And I forget that sometimes.

I’ve been a little overwhelmed lately by all the situations I can’t do anything about. I was reminded this morning, of the song

“Draw Near”

Draw near to me for I have drawn near to You And pull on the strings of my heart for I long to respond to You

All my love is for You, and all my love is Yours All my love is for You, and all my love is Yours

Draw near to me for I have drawn near to You And pull on the strings of my heart for I long to respond to You

All my love is for You, and all my love is Yours All my love is for You, and all my love is Yours

I have made a place for You here, so come on, come on All things are possible here,

so come on, come on I have made a place for You here, so come on, come on All things are possible here

so come on, come on Draw near to me for I have drawn near to You

God pull on the strings of my heart for I long to respond to You

Would you join me today as I draw near to him, where all things are possible? 

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