When my son, Jeremiah, was a newborn I would often hold him when he was crying. At times it seemed as if the only times I held him were times when he was strung out. It seemed as if I rarely had a chance to hold him when he was happy. Now that was not completely true, but it sure did seem like that at times.
I wonder if sometimes our heavenly Father feels that way about us. We go to Him when we have nowhere else to go. We readily approach Him when our hearts are broken or when we are stressed out. We let Him hold us only when we are strung out. God certainly wants to take our cares and our worries. He is, after all, called the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3). When we are in great need, we should let God wrap us in His arms. However, that should not be the only time when we let Him hold us.
Friends, our God wants to be involved in our lives all the time. He wants us to remember Him in the good times as well as the bad. He wants us to embrace Him and to be embraced by Him, not only in our sorrow but also in our joy. The apostle Paul would, on many occasions, break out into praise in the middle of a letter (Rom. 9:5; 11:36; Gal. 1:5; Eph. 3:20,21; 1 Tim. 1:16,17; 2 Tim. 4:18). When times are bad, quickly go to God for help and comfort. But don’t shut Him out of your life when times are good. Let God hold you today!