Come Close by Guest Blogger Lynn Polk
Text: Mark 2:13-17, Matthew 4:1-11
Recently, I was on my way to Brunswick, Georgia to speak. I struggle with anxiety when driving alone, and I was not looking forward to the drive. The abyss of grey asphalt, and red taillights of stop-and-go traffic unsettle me, and I knew once I made it through that traffic the desolate, dry and brown fields of South Georgia would surround me for miles.

I get nervous to be alone. The stillness tempts me with voices that say I am not a good enough wife, mother, friend, leader. I am haunted by the “what ifs” and “should haves” and silence.

I was driving through down those desolate roads sensing the welling of anxious thoughts, when God came close and met me. As He gently shifted my focus off my self-imposed discouragement and onto His promises of acceptance, forgiveness, and love, the transformed before my eyes. The brown fields became a brilliant bronze, the blue sky glistening against the horizon. The pine trees reminded me that life emerges out of barren land, and the wind whipping around my car prompted me to know the Holy Spirit comforts and transforms our thoughts. The desolate fields and woods came alive when God came close.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
– Psalm 145:18
Levi’s anxious view of the world changed the day Jesus called him to follow. Sinner, come as you are—broken, weary, shamed, and rejected. I see you, accept you, and will call you my friend. Come dine with me. What a beautiful invitation. I wonder if Levi’s world went from black and white to vibrant color that day.
Jesus extends an invitation to come close at any time and to follow Him, no matter our condition. He calls us to come close minute by minute, every day. He heals, He redeems, He saves, He invites, He accepts – He changes us and our perspective, which draws us into greater understanding that He cares about every detail of our life.
There will be dark, desolate days. Even Jesus endured seasons in the wilderness. In those seasons, He fasted and drew close to His heavenly Father. His physical weakness did not succumb to the Tempter’s plan because His Father nourished Him. The enemy has nothing of worth to offer a soul filled with the truth of God’s Word. Amen!
Friend, the Word of God has the same power in your wilderness. Come close and fast with Jesus, cling to Him and His cross when the Tempter tries to steal your true identity. Like Levi who found his true identity in Christ, you are also invited, chosen, known, and loved—just as you are. As you come close to Jesus, the world around you will transform and become more beautiful and radiant because you are changed.
Note from Arline Miller, blog author of Sipping Cups of Inspiration: We are blessed to have Lynn Polk as our guest blogger and who has given us a glimpse into her talent and spirit. Thank you Lynn and may we be blessed to have you 

Author: sippingcupsofinspiration

A blogger since 2012, a published author of three Five Star romance novels, A MISTRESS, A WIFE and TELL ME LIES; LOVE ME STILL and RIDDLE ME THIS, LOVE OR BLISS. Still a small town girl with a lot of experience of people watching. Ten years of blogging experience.

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