Nearer: The Process

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I've realized recently just how much being near to someone is such a basic human need.

As a kid.....ok let's be real...even now....I've always been the independent type.
Heck, I was that kid that literally went barefoot ALL over the neighborhood, wandered off into the woods alone to explore, and yea...joined in on the 11 yr old boys football game next door (as a 9 yr old) ....just cause I wanted to;)

I ended up knocked out in the dirt....but hey. hahaha  

I think many compensate for human connection in today's world. Technology, social media, work...they can all turn into substitutes for a deeper desire--even need--to be close with others. 

For me, specifically and lately, that need has manifest itself in a deep longing to be close to my Savior. Ultimately, that relationship is the MOST important and fulfilling relationship we'll ever pursue in this life. 

And I can't just throw that out there without bringing up "Nearer My God to Thee"...what did you expect?;)

That hymn has GOT to be one of my absolute favorite hymns...ever. 

Cliche?'s whatever;) haha

Here's the thing though....sometimes that hymn makes me realize just how deep that desire is--to be close to Him, to feel connected with Him, and to really know Him.

I miss Him.

And yea, sometimes it's easy to get frustrated, feel alone, and wonder if He's actually there, and actually cares. 

But what I'm coming to realize, is that it's a PROCESS

Everything in life is.....idk why it's taking me so long to learn this haha.

We study in school and take class after class to get that diploma. We practice over and over and run drill after drill to be good in that sport. We follow step after step to find physical healing. We use each ingredient in succession to create the perfect dish. We work hard to earn enough for what we want. 

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in instant relationship demands. We think we're failing it we're not perfect, if things don't come easy, or if we don't see results immediately. We want to be close, and we want it to happen overnight.  But that's not life.

It never is, and never will be

And it's no different when it comes to knowing Him. It's a process. So be patient. Invest. One step at a time.  And enjoy the journey. 

The best things in life are the things you work for. 

Work for your relationship with Him. 
Because it's worth it....every. bit. worth. it!

The last verse of "Nearer My God to Thee" (the one that's often not sung....idk why haha) is perhaps my favorite verse:

"There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,

There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest"

That rest--that knowledge of His love--it's worth working for! 

For's all about the process...

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