Dear Jesus

The ultimate protection against sinking during life’s storms is devoting time to develop your friendship with Me.

Dear Jesus,

I waste a lot of time worrying about storms I can see forming along the horizon of my life. Thankfully, many of them in the past have veered off in another direction: never reaching me. Some storms have actually hit, but usually they’ve lost much of their power by the time they get to me. I need to switch my focus from difficulties that may come my way to Your Presence, which is always with me.

Beloved, you will never find security by trying to anticipate all the storms that may reach you someday. Remember that I control the atmosphere of your life. Trust Me by relaxing and releasing your concerns into My capable care. It saddens Me to see you obsessing about possible problems, rather than bringing these matters to Me. When you find yourself anxiously scanning the horizon of your life, use that as a reminder to seek My Face. You will not find Me off in the distance. I am here beside you, nearer than you dare believe.

Instead of wasting time worrying, devote that time to developing close friendship with Me. Talk with Me about everything that concerns you—your pleasures as well as your problems. I am interested in everything that matters to you, because I am your perpetual Lover. Ask Me to lift your perspective from a problem-focus to a Presence-focus. Remember that I am holding you by your right hand. I guide you with My own counsel, based on eternal wisdom; so there’s no need to worry about the future. When the time comes, I will personally escort you into Glory.

It is good for you to be near Me. Your best refuge in life’s storms is close friendship with Me. 

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

~ 1 Chronicles 16:11 

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”

~ Jeremiah 31:3

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. . . . But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.

~ Psalm 73:23–24, 28

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