Something about hugs.
They’re like the physical equivalent of a verbal “I love you” or “I care about you”. I’m not talking about those weird side hug things, or those awkward hugs between acquaintances. I’m talking about meaningful hugs. Those hugs that can encourage you and give you comfort without even saying a word. They can make you break down into tears or dry your eyes when you’ve been crying all night. Knowing that you can lean on somebody like that, it just does something for your soul. What a treasure. Being able to draw on someone else’s stability to find your own. It’s a gift.
The comfort I find in a really awesome hug.. Man, is it great. The comfort and peace I find in The Lord? It doesn’t even begin to compare.
2nd Samuel 22:31-33 says, “Your way is perfect, Lord, and your word is correct. You are a shield for those who run to you for help. You alone are God! Only you are a mighty rock. You are my strong fortress, and you set me free.”
I. Love. This. Verse.
I revel in this verse on my best days. When things are going great and I know that God is doing a work in or through me. He cannot fail even if I mess up. “Your ways are perfect Lord and your word is correct.” He won’t lead me astray. When things are going good, it’s the perfect work of my Father.
I cling tightly to this verse on my roughest days. Days full of stress and heartache. “You are a shield to those who run to you for help.” God can protect me from the deepest of my fears. He is my shield in days of sadness or pain. There is perfect peace I can find in my Lord that Isaiah spoke about; “The Lord gives perfect peace to those whose faith is firm.” (Isaiah 26:3). I’m grateful to have been given the gift of faith and the blessings that come with that. Especially the ability to run into God’s arms on days when life becomes particularly disheartening.
I run to this verse on days filled with temptation and the struggle to fight it. “You alone are God! Only you are a mighty rock.” God is the only God of my life. Nothing else should take that place. Everything else in this world that is vying for that position as God in my life will fail or disappoint me eventually. Only he is a mighty, immovable rock. Sturdy and unfaltering. Never failing me or letting me down. Always supporting me.
I find grace in this verse when I fail to fight temptation, when I give into my flesh and find myself disappointed. “You are my strong fortress and you set me free.” I love that last part, “you set me free.” Another translation says that “he makes my ways blameless.” Something I could never do for myself. When I mess up, when I give into temptation and sin, when I do something wrong; my natural reaction is to try and run from God. I feel embarrassed that I did something I knew I should not have done. But this verse adamantly declares that, because of Christ’s work on the cross, we can run to him when we fail. He is our fortress. He sets us free from our sins. He makes us blameless.
This post was pretty long, but God’s really just been showing up huge in my life lately. Teaching me things about him that I never imagined I would know. Growing in my relationship with Christ is an awesome, sometimes painful, process that I am overjoyed to be participating in. I can’t wait to see what God will teach me next.
Side note: the thing about hugs doesn’t really relate to anything in this post.. Like at all.. I just really love hugs.