Daily Delight

Saturday, October 22, 2016

This is a weird season. If you are like me, a lot of your relationships have had the foundations poured through feelings, the emotional highs and lows that we love and hate. Even my relationship with God has been fluffy. When going to church, I have always wanted to get goosebumps and feel His presence in a very emotionally heightened way. 

However, what if, one day, you woke up, and it was as if your feelings had been stripped away? Your entire barometer of emotion was muted. 

Although I do not understand this feeling of feeling "feelingless", I trust that God has me here for a reason. Being the fixer that I am, I have wanted to rewind or fast forward so that I could be back in the emotional decision-making process that I am comfortable with. This remarkably awkward place has led me to ask myself, “Where is my faith when I’m not experiencing all the feels, and when the light bulb isn’t going off when I read my Bible?” Then God brought me to this verse: "The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be," (Jeremiah 17:9-10, MSG). 

Wow. God cares enough about us to get to the root of our heart issues. If that means stripping us of what we’ve always known, even if it’s something as weird as living a supercharged emotional life, we are worth it to Him. 

If you are in a season similar to mine, remember to declare Jesus as Lord, despite your feelings. Choices lead; feelings follow. Lean in and get close to Jesus. Remember this promise, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way, just as the Scripture says,” (John 7:37-38 MSG). 

If we pursue intimacy with Him, even in a season of emotional or spiritual drought, He will give us more that we could ever imagine. Join me, sisters, in fighting for your faith even in the awkward seasons of life, and do not forget: faith without feelings isn’t dead, it’s fierce.

About the Author

Rachel Dunaway≫ ≫Bubbly, optimistic, and creative, Rachel is a vivacious lover of life with her roots in sweet home Alabama. Insatiable curiosity and wanderlust propel her into globetrotting, learning new things, and making new friends as often as she can. On Friday nights, you can find her hanging with her besties, eating chocolate ice cream, enjoying aunt life, or watching You’ve Got Mail. A hopeless romantic, her favorite aspect of the Lord is how sweetly and relentlessly He pursues humanity to win their love. She is a fierce dreamer, a difference maker, a world changer, and a child of the King!


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