The other day I found myself in an uncomfortable situation. I struggled in holding back the hot tears that threatened to fall. I wanted to leave in order to spare myself more discomfort. But I was reminded of Brené Brown’s book: Daring Greatly. I knew that although uncomfortable, it would be better for me, it would be courageous of me to stay. And so, desiring to grow in courage, I stayed. I was struggling mightily inside. Quivering. And so I began to pray the only line that came into my head, from a book by Brennan Manning called The Furious Longing of God:
“Abba, I belong to you.”
I repeated this little mantra over and over and as I did, I noticed that there was more peace, more stillness in my soul. Things still felt uncomfortable, but in the discomfort I knew that God was there; that Christ is my rock and that I belong to Father God in a profound way.
I’m so thankful that we have a God who desires to come close. In our pain, in our discomfort, in our joy, He desires to be close to us. And I’m thankful for 5 little words that enabled me to exist in the tension of the moment while reminding me of my truest identity: a much loved daughter of a God who never leaves.