Written by Bob McGee
His name is called Emmanuel
God with us, revealed in us
His name is called Emmanuel.
This song reminds us of a promise of God. The promise of His continual presence with us, in us, around us, for us. That means everything He is is with us, with me, even now. Last night was another sleepless night because of pain and when I got up to a beautiful Saturday, husband and son off fishing, I had so many wonderful ideas of what I could do with my free time. But once again, pain redefined how I would spend my day.
I started to wallow in self-pity but then this song came to me. God is with me. How does that help me today when I am wracked with pain? Just this – in the Old Testament, when the people of God were going out to do battle against their enemies, sometimes they sought the Lord and sometimes, they failed to do that. When they had His presence with them, victory was theirs. When they didn’t, well, they lost the battle. Time and time again.
In the New Testament, whenever Jesus showed up on the scene, people were delivered from demonic possession and healed of ALL their diseases. God with us bringing victory. Jesus with us bringing healing.
Ok, so my plans were changed once again by pain I’d rather not have. But it’s my choice whether I wallow in self-pity or meditate on the nearness of my Savior. One brings me peace and one brings me anguish.
So my new plan for today? Spend time with my ever-present Savior, my Healer, my Friend. My to do list will just have to wait. Today, I will just hang out, I will just be a child sitting on my Father’s lap.
Emmanuel, Can I just crawl up in Your lap today? Will You just hold me? I need to feel Your strong arms around me, lay my head against Your chest and hear Your heartbeat. Pain has changed my plans once again, but as I sit with You, will You redefine my day for me? I need You; thank You for Your promise to always be with me. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
Do you need healing? Can I pray for you? Please let me know.
reprinted from my blog godhappenings.wordpress.com