‘The 7 dance steps of prayer’ (Part 5)

Who’s looking out of your window from over your shoulder?

Do you find it annoying when someone stands behind you trying to see what you’re looking at? Of course, there are times when you quickly yell ‘Come and see this’ because you want them to see what you’re looking at, but if it’s uninvited we do tend to get a bit shirty!! When God looks over your shoulder, he does so not to intrude but to reassure.

He stands behind us because we all have a past that is a mix of joys and laughter, tears and sorrows. It is a mix of things done well and things not quite so well. It is a mix of vices and virtues, of things we are ashamed of as well as faithfulness and obedience. It is a mix of things that weigh heavily upon our soul and things that bring comfort and reassurance.

He stands behind us because he knows how much we are shaped and moulded, and maybe even too shaped and moulded, by our past. He knows the things that we can’t let go of, even if they are poisonous and deadly to our souls. He knows the times when harsh things have been spoken to you and when you’ve spoken harshly to others. He knows the times when you’ve been forgotten and when you’ve forgotten others. He knows the times when you’ve been sinned against and when you’ve done the sinning.

He stands behind us that we may know his words of cleansing able to make us clean from all which pollutes us.

He stands behind us that we may know his words of freedom able to set us free from that which enslaves us.

He stands behind us that we may know his words of power able to strengthen us when so often we feel weak.

He stands behind us that we may know his words of mercy able to declare us innocent from that which makes us feel us so guilty.

He stands behind us that we may know his words of love able to help us know deep within we are treasured by him.

When you stand looking out of your window don’t listen to the whispering of the enemy who wishes to defeat and imprison us but to the loving voice of Jesus who wishes to make us whole, free and loved.

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