I would like to take a special moment to more thoroughly elaborate on something I mentioned in my last post.
Clinging to God.
I have been deeply meditating on this truth lately, and the beauty that lies behind it. I had previously mentioned that God wants us to cling to Him, in this close, ongoing, intimate, everlasting relationship.
My mind started to toy with the wonder of what clinging actually looks like. What clinging actually means. What the definition of clinging, unaltered with my own ideas, consists of. God says in His word over and over and over again for us human beings to cling to Him. I’ve always received so much deep joy and have actually cried over this because I find it to be so tender, intimate, and sweet, as well as it displays His desires in His relationship with us. God reveals Himself through the scriptures, and when we see Him long for us to cling to Him, it displays who he is and what he wants.
I remember the time I first came across God telling His people to cling to Him, it somewhere in the Old Testament. I remember the feeling of being so captivated and awe-struck by this valuable truth, as I was only a couple months deep into my relationship with Him and was just learning who He is, and what He is like. When I came across it, I would be lying if I said that tears did not well up in my eyes and poured onto the pages. This is my God, whom I love so desperately, and I’m seeing that He loves me desperately too. Enough for Him to desire for me to cling to Him.
So, what does clinging mean, and what does clinging actually look like?
So basically…in a nutshell.;)
When I typed ‘clinging’ to google images, koala bears clinging to trees came up.
And I thought, how perfect.
We’re made to hold onto Him.
In curiosity, I looked up the definition, and reading it, I felt my heart become full and flooded with his love, as I took a deep breath in. Everything within me wanted to shout in love for Him and melt at the same time.
Clinging: fitting closely to the body and showing its shape; hold on tightly to; adhere or stick firmly or closely to; be hard to part or remove from; remain very close to; remain persistently or stubbornly faithful to something; dependent on someone emotionally. Synonyms: hold on to, clutch, grip, clasp, grasp, attach oneself to, hang on to; embrace, hug; stick, adhere, hold, cohere, bond, bind; hold to, stick to, stand by, abide by, cherish, remain true to, have faith in.<3
Upon reading this, everything within me exhaled YES!
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.
I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. John 17: 21-23
Aaaand, errrrrr –let’s face it– clinging to God is pretty much the only thing we can cling to that’s actually good for us. I mean, really, really good for us. It’s what we were designed for. To hold on to the One who made us and knows how many hairs we have on our head. The One who knows all our thoughts, needs, desires, wants, and yearns to fulfill them in us with Himself. The One who knows our worries, fears, struggles, hardships, downfalls, flaws, hurts, and tears, and yearns to wipe all our tears away, make our fears disappear, and heal and protect our hearts. He yearns for us to cling to Him. He sees and captures every tear that falls down our cheeks. He doesn’t let one tear fall without collecting it, and without knowing every single reason behind those tears. He hurts when we hurt, and he so desires to make every wrong right in our lives. He will, if you let Him.
You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; Isaiah 25:8
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Revelation 21:14
When we give Him our hearts, we belong to Him forever. We become supernaturally sealed with His Holy Spirit. Nothing can reverse it. In that moment, he commits Himself to closeness with you, and devotes Himself in love to you. And God would never go back on His promises. He’s perfect. He holds us, and we cling to Him, and nothing and nobody could ever take us away from Him. He’s ours, for eternity. And we’re His, forever.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. Psalm 48:14
Oh, the deep joy and satisfaction of clinging on to our beautiful God for dear life. Because he is life. There is absolutely nothing better than this kind of relationship with Him. Nothing better.
That said, here’s a nice cup of hot chocolate I made from scratch. It turned out so yummy and filled me with warmth.
I warmed almond milk (measure in your cup first so you know how much to use!) in a pot, added a heaping tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa, and coconut sugar (sweetness desired to your liking) you can also use honey. I let it bubble up around the edges of the pot, whisked it well, and poured the steamy drink into my cup to enjoy a warm treat on a very cold night.