Closest to God

“It is when things go wrong, when the good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is most present. We do not need the sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along blindly. There is no such thing as belief without doubt or struggle” (Madeleine L’Engle).

As much as I would love for my walk of faith to be all sunshine and mountaintops and victories, I know that where I learn and grow best is in the darkness and in the valley and in defeat. Often, it’s the daily struggles and anxieties that teach me most.

But it’s also in those moments when I feel God’s closeness. Not to say that He isn’t close at other times, but it’s only when I feel my need of Him most that I feel Him the most. And that’s a very good thing.

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