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A Necklace and the Intimacy of God

04 Mar

A Necklace and the Intimacy of GodIt was December when I received this text: “Hey, Bonnie: Did you happen to get any mail from me this week?”

Oh, wow, mail. I hadn’t gone to my mailbox in days. I usually love Christmas cards, but I had just lost my father, and I knew the mailbox was either filled with Christmas cheer or sympathy cards. I treasured both, but some days I simply couldn’t read any.

I sent my daughter to the mailbox, and she brought back a few advertisements, some bills, five cards, and a small package.

Great. Mission accomplished. I tossed everything else in a pile on the floor and eagerly opened the package.

Oh my goodness!

Inside was a necklace with four charms: The Lord’s Prayer, a heart, a cross, and an angel.

The note read something along the lines of: “I thought you could wear it to remember your Dad.”

My heart caught in my throat. I had not told my sweet cousin about my wish, my regret. I had not shared with her that just that week I had told my husband to get our daughter some jewelry because I wished my father had bought me just one piece that I could wear to remember him by. It just wasn’t Dad’s thing. And yet, my heart ached to

have him symbolically near my own heart,
drape my neck with remembrance,
have people notice and ask,
keep him part of my discussions,
and give memories a chance to come out from time to time.

I hadn’t even spoken that prayer. Not one word. Not to God specifically. But He heard me say it to my husband; He listened to my heart. And He knew I needed a very special touch from Him.

How about you? Do you need a heart’s cry answered—however silent and choked way down in your throat it is at the moment?

I realize there are more weighty prayers out there than a necklace of remembrance, but it really doesn’t matter what you ask. The point is that He’s listening and wants to delight your heart by showing it’s a round-trip conversation. You aren’t talking to the air.

He builds history with us. It may be that He kept you safe from an almost-accident when you cried out to Him, or you found that notarized document you were looking for.

We can ask Him for help.

We can share our hurts with Him.

We can even simply chat.

Jesus wrote this immediately before teaching the disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Verses 7 and 8 were his exhortation.

Matthew 6:7-8, ESV, Jesus speaking

And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 

Did you know that even though He knows what we need, He still wants us to ask?

Can you see how He wants to hear from us, but not meaningless, rote phrases that don’t come from our hearts? He already knows what we need and want, but He desires the communication and the dialogue.

If speaking to God is difficult for you because you’ve thought of Him as a distant entity that doesn’t want to hear about the trivial parts of your life, you couldn’t be more gloriously mistaken.

Isn’t that good news?

Jeremiah 33:3, ESV, God speaking 

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

He wants us to cry out. He can’t wait to reveal that which is “hidden to us.” Can you think of anything more intimate, more profound than a Holy God wanting to share the mysteries of the world with us and yet also delight us with the simple requests on our hearts?

You see, it wasn’t really about the necklace, although I believe God included my cousin in His plan for me. It’s so special when He invites others to partner with Him as He blesses us.

The meaning burrows even deeper than my relationship with my earthly father.

It connects me to my Heavenly Father. It’s as if He sent that necklace to remind me: “See, Bonnie, I’m here. I’m listening. I deeply care, and I want you to know I hear you. I long to give good things to my children.”

As he begins his letter, James, the brother of Jesus, lets us know right away that all good things come from God.

James 1:17, ESV 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Can you grasp with your whole mind and heart that He is ready to give you only good gifts and pour out His provision?

Try inserting your name into Jeremiah 33:3:

Call to me, _________, and I will answer you, _________, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Hear Him calling you?

Are you ready? Do you have something to tell Him? Would you like direction, wisdom, revelation, clarity, direction, guidance?

If your concern is more desperate, your plea great, please understand that your Creator knows you so personally and desires for you to know Him fully. If you declare your belief in Him, you can have confidence to come to Him with your deepest need.

Hebrews 4:16, ESV, anonymously written

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Run, shuffle, crawl to the throne of grace. It doesn’t matter.

Cry out right where you are.

“Jesus, please help me!” is a great place to start!

 

*This blog was first a featured column at Your Tewksbury Today

**It has also been shared at any link highlighted here: Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up, Make a Difference Mondays, Pick Your Pin Tuesday, Worshipful Wednesdays, Women With Intention Wednesdays, Grace & Truth, A Little R & R, RaRa Link-Up, Me, Coffee & Jesus, Dance With Jesus, Blessing Counters, Coffee & Conversation, Saturday Soiree, Tell His Story, Find Stability, So Much at Home, Faith-Filled Fridays, Reflect His Love and Glory Link-Up, Bonbon ‘n Coffee Linkup, and Christian Mommy Blogger.

Anecdotal stories about an everyday relationship with God can be found in Not Just on Sundays: Seeking God’s Purpose in Each New Day (includes Book Club Discussion Questions).

 

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10 responses to “A Necklace and the Intimacy of God

  1. Norma Gail Thurston Holtman

    March 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

    What a beautiful example of God’s loving care for us! God bless you as you continue in this journey of grief. May you know His peace!

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    • Bonnie Lyn Smith

      March 6, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you so much, Norma Gail! I love hearing from you…here and on Facebook! You are a bright light! Blessings to you!

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  2. Chris Carter (@themomcafe)

    March 5, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I absolutely adore that God delivered such a personal and precious gift…EXACTLY what you needed. Oh, my friend- hold onto that gracious love and keep shining His Light as you always seem to do, even in your suffering and grief. You have been such a strong and faithful woman through this difficult season. I’m inspired by your abiding love in Him. I will keep praying for His Holiness to continue to saturate your heart.

    I’m so grateful for your wisdom and encouragement, my friend. ❤

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    • Bonnie Lyn Smith

      March 6, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you, Chrissy….I read these comments several times! They really encouraged me! You are a love! His Holiness to saturate my heart…wow….Amen and Amen! ❤

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  3. Mihaela Echols

    March 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Wow I cannot get over how sweet this post is! Isn’t it it amazing how God knows our heart and blesses with stories to tell like this one?!

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    • Bonnie Lyn Smith

      March 6, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Hyla, what a blessing you are! Thank you. I surely hope it encourages others. Nothing is too big or small for God.

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  4. Sharon

    March 7, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    God has a wonderful telephone – it’s never busy, it never drops a call, there’s never interference on the line. He never puts you on hold, and He never interrupts you for something else “more important.” You can call 24/7, 365 days a year (and yes, even on Feb 29th in a leap year!), and He’ll always answer. And you can talk forever…free of charge.

    Yup, I’m so glad for His listening ear, that inclines toward me, and has a direct line to His heart.

    GOD BLESS!

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    • Bonnie Lyn Smith

      March 16, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you so much for your thoughts, Sharon. I’ve read them several times and soaked them in. So true…so wonderful! Blessings!

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  5. aladyinfrance

    March 16, 2016 at 10:47 am

    When I was reading this post, God answered me too because I had just been thinking, “Where is that verse about ‘great and unsearchable things I do not know”, and then I come here and stumble on: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” in Jeremiah 33.

    I’m happy you got the necklace, and even happier about the special way God showed you he cared.

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    • Bonnie Lyn Smith

      March 16, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      It’s such a beautiful promise. We have not because we ask not. Thanks for sharing the answered prayer with me! 🙂

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