“God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is.” – A.W. Tozer
I read blogs about wedded bliss far too often than I should, but man, if I love my husband even an ounce as much as I love Jesus, it will be sweet. The thing that is different about wedded bliss between man and wife is that those relationships aren’t meant to satisfy the longing of our souls. God, in everything that He is, is the ultimate satisfaction of our every need, desire, and dream.
I started reading the Pursuit of God by AW Tozer as soon as I got back to the states. It’s a short book he wrote on a train ride from Chicago to Texas. It’s only about 110 pages, but it has taken me over two months to finish. I’ll pick it up, read a few pages, mull it over for a few days, and then continue reading it.
Every page has some sort of marking, underlining, highlighting, or note on it. Not kidding. Every single page. I’ve never read a book (minus the Bible) that I have been so challenged by. The more I read it, the more amazed I am at who God is and how present He is. I feel like it has revolutionized my mind in ways where it’s easier to see the Lord in the small things.
For example, this quote: “We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts”
There is a sweetness about the nearness of our Lord. We need to be reminded that He is Emmanuel, God with us. That because God is omnipresent, there isn’t a space in which He cannot be. I’m never having to shout out to a God that doesn’t hear because my Lord hears the gentle, quiet whispers of my soul. There’s an illustration in the book that we can spread points across the galaxies and across all created things; there isn’t one spot that is closer to or further from God because He is everywhere.
This past year I questioned the Lord many a times on where He was. He was with me. Even if His presence wasn’t felt, He was there. He saw me, loved me and through the quiet whispers of His spirit spoke to mine. Through walking with the Lord and remembering that He is with us in the day to day, the deep intimacy with the satisfier of my soul has been so refreshing.
I am growing in love for my savior every day. I pray the same for you readers, and I pray for continuation of my love for Him. I know how easy it is for those flames to flicker and fade. So, if you’re reading this and are thinking, “Gosh, I wish I was growing in adoration and love for the Lord,” know that heart stirring is because He is pursuing you! Respond to His call. And be wooed.