I love a good hug. My husband is a big guy and he has strong arms that hold tightly and I find safety in his embrace. But unfortunately, life and work and busy happen creating empty space instead of an embrace between us some days. When the hugs don’t or can’t come, I am left needy and missing a touch. He, too, often feels the emptiness of the physical affection necessary to cover all the insecurities wrapped around his head and heart from the day. We try to be there for each other.
Instead we each fail to meet each other’s needs. Daily.
But the One who is always present fills the empty in the absence and wraps with arms big and wide.
When my world spins all around, I am often desperate to grab onto something to make it stop. That is when the God of Grace grabs hold of me.
His grace embrace catches my sinful thoughts that want to run wild. They cover and protect me from my familiar enemies, such as fear or pride, which seek to pierce my heart and fill me with insecurities.
Daily embraces of His grace are the touches my soul requires as the cracks in my brokenness are filled in and made complete by God alone.
Sometimes my husband has to stop me in my tracks and grab hold of me to stop the spin. It is the same with the Lord. It is in His arms only that my thoughts are taken captive and made obedient unto Christ. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
It is His command. . . His plea. . . His beckoning to us.
The God of all grace is always waiting with arms outstretched to restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us once again to Himself. (1 Peter 5:10). Oh, how we all need those grace embraces many times throughout the day!
As much as I love being held in my husband’s arms, my internal desire is to fall into the deep embrace of my Father in heaven. He is the One who calms my secret fears. He is the One who wipes the tears that no one else sees. He is the One whose Truth deflects those flaming arrows of the enemy that fly at my heart each day. He is the One who will catch all of us up in His grace embrace.
So settle deeply into an embrace of His heart. You will find it is an amazing place to find rest!