“But you,

 when you pray,

 go into your room,

 and when you have shut your door,

 pray to your Father who is in the secret place;

 and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

Matthew 6:6 (NKJV)

I have been avoiding God. 

I still pray…I still read His Word…I still bask in saying the Office…I still get a flutter when I am seated with other pilgrims in my pew…I still feel the hurts and hardships of others and plead on their behalf however…

I have been avoiding God.

It could be this particular stretch of my life that leaves me breathless.

It could be turning 45.

It could be that I have so little answers…for so much.

It could be that I don’t really know where to begin.

As I read this passage in Matthew the other day…I saw it with new eyes…it is such a familiar verse…in fact, the girls and I used a catchy rhythm to remember this promise when they were wee ones.  I saw the word you written all through it.

This verse says a lot about the Father but it also says a lot about me…or you.

It tells me not if I pray but when I pray to go into my room…shut the door…and pray…because my Father is right there waiting for me in that secret place.  There is no doubt about it…He will be there…He’s waiting. 

I have been avoiding Him by going to my room and praying but not shutting the door…I have been giving the Lord only a certain amount of access to my mind and my heart. 

It is truly a rich blessing to know that He is waiting for me and that He longs to be with me in such an intimate way.  The first half of the verse is about me…the second half is about Him.  I am the foolish one…He is the faithful and abounding in mercy and love One…He is the One that heaps on another scoop of ice cream when I deserve slop.

He is camped out waiting for me to get quiet and private with Him…for me to share the deep things of life with Him…stuff that is just between us…and when that secret time is over…He goes a step forward and He will reward me…not in secret…which truly isn’t His presence reward enough…it says He will reward me openly…that word “open” means…to manifest…to make known…to spread abroad…outwardly, appear…

I have missed out…I missed the hidden as well as the revealed…but I have been reminded and ever  thankful for His Word…and I don’t have to hear “HEY YOU!”  twice.

Have you been shutting the door and going to the secret place?

5 thoughts on “You…

  1. This encouraged me so much Helen.
    It reminded me that He is always waiting for us to cast all our cares upon Him. I tend to carry mine around in a backpack until I fall under the weight of it.

    I am so glad you wrote a new post. I have missed reading them. Keep it up. I WILL be checking! 🙂



  2. Thank you for sharing your heart with us today. It is beautiful, not just to us, but to Him.

    “…rich blessing to know that He is waiting for me and that He longs to be with me in such an intimate way.”

    Very truth at the heart.
    Thank you again.


  3. I appreciate your honesty here. Very refreshing. We probably all go through spells like that. The important thing is that we realize it and always turn back. God is so faithful to always be waiting for us. Thanks for sharing.


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