This is the first chapter of my new book
Enfolded in God’s Arms: 40 Reflections to Embrace Your Inner Healing
All that the Father gives me will come to me,
and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
John 6:37 (NIV)
I’m still waiting. Why doesn’t the phone ring? I keep it by my side and continually check my messages. Will the call ever come?
As far back as I can remember, I knew I wasn’t good enough. My life was spent trying to jump over a bar that seemed to be set ever higher. All I wanted was to make the grade and be acceptable. But somehow that never happened.
Perhaps you struggle like this too. Are you waiting for a phone call from someone close to you, hoping they will say you measure up now, that you can stop trying so hard? Unfortunately, a reality check says that’s probably not going to happen.
Actually, it shouldn’t happen. Trying to be good enough is a symptom of flawed theology. If our goal is to live by faith, then wanting to be “good enough” doesn’t really fit. It implies that God’s love for us is conditional, and we must constantly pass a test in order to be acceptable.
There’s another issue too. When we put so much emphasis on being okay, then everything is about us instead of God. When we focus on ourselves, God is consigned to a small, dusty corner of our lives, a demotion he’s probably not too pleased about!
Perhaps you and I have been waiting for the wrong phone call. The real call—the only call—was made centuries ago. The message from Jesus said, “I have redeemed you; you are mine.”
Hear my prayer, Lord;
listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.
Psalm 86:6–7 (NIV)
Be Still for a Silent Moment with God
What phone call are you waiting for?
Why is this call important to you?
How could you switch the connection to God’s phone?
Prayer for Today
I’ve spent too many years tied to my phone, hoping to hear that I’ve made the grade. I didn’t believe I was okay in your eyes either, God. Help me see how wrong I’ve been. It’s time to change and stop trying to measure up. Be with me as I finally accept your love. Amen.