Ever wonder how Jesus would approach you if He walked into the room right now?
I was thinking about this recently on an exceptionally draining day. I was hungry for a hug. I wouldn’t see my husband for hours and all I could think about was a big, wrap your arms around me and let me melt, papa bear hug.
The more I thought about it, the more I wondered, “How would Jesus embrace me?”
The song I can only Imagine by Mercy Me, came to mind. It’s a great song full of imagery, provoking a question of what it would be like to approach Jesus were we to see Him face to face.
But I wanted to know; how would He approach me?
Those words hit me as if Jesus had walked up in person, picked me up, and squeezed me with all the joy and intense affection I could handle. Jesus Squeezes!
“I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with an unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3 (New International Version)
Though He is gentle in wooing us, God doesn’t hold back. He’s deeply passionate about us. How could He not be when He sent His only Son to die on the cross for us?!
When we look to Jesus, God’s greatest representation of love to us, we find He is already watching us with caring eyes. His arms are wide open, expecting nothing. He welcomes us with acceptance, strength, comfort, protection and passion!
Are you aware of the presence of the One who longs to embrace you most?
How would He embrace you? What would He have to say to you?
What happens when you close your eyes, sit quietly and just listen for the voice of Christ. He’s there. Are you willing to be still? Will you recognize His presence?