“I hear a lot of people saying, ‘I don’t feel God anymore.’ And there’s a lot of guilt there, like they’re not trying hard enough.
“But ‘not-feeling-God’ doesn’t make you a bad Christian: just an honest one. And maybe our baseline for ‘feeling-Him’ got messed up with a false foundation.
“Maybe when Life Got Hard, no one taught you a clear theology on pain. Maybe no one mentioned that seasons of doubt, suffering, and detachment are regular valleys in a believer’s life.
“Those are also the EXACT times we go to God and tell Him everything. To even say, ‘I don’t feel you right now, God.’ You can tell Him that.
“Most of us think we’ve failed God when we don’t feel Him, when it’s actually that feeling of His absence that can either push you to Him or from Him. He’d much rather it be to Him.”
Jesus did the very last thing we ever want to do: he forgave. When we hurt, we deal it back in flesh. When Jesus hurt, he gave up flesh for mercy. How utterly foreign and beyond us, the Gospel—and how free we’d be to believe it.
I am stronger than I often feel.
Because Christ has given me life and purpose and reason and meaning and grace and love and…Himself.
Which is enough. Which is more than enough.