It may seem that I am using this as an opportunity to brag about my mother, but there is a serious point to this post.
My mother is one of those strong women of God who pray like a Nun, and many times I am inspired by her relationship with God which is far closer than my present relationship with him. This is one of the main reasons why I turn to her whenever I get a bad dream. Sure, I wake up and kneel down to pray after a nightmare but my anxiety is never subsided, only when I finish talking to my mum over the phone and after giving me her promise that she would pray about it, do I no longer care about the nightmare.
This is not to say that whatever problem I have, has automatically resolved but that I know that there is someone who cares more about my worries than I do and that they will probably spend a much longer time praying and pleading on my behalf then I would ever do. I can easily go back to sleep without any anxiety knowing God will hear her and the issue will be resolved.
However, this got me thinking about Christ and how he is a mediator between God and us, who pleads our case more passionately then we could ever dream to, and that whatever issues that concern us we should leave them right on the cross and let heaven deal with it: allowing us to rest once again in Gods embrace. This made me thankful for my mother for portraying Christ when Christ was not the focus of my life, but it also made me realise how much now knowing this revelation I should turn to Christ and not my mother and find rest in him first and foremost. To find rest in Christ is trusting that he cares about me as much as my mother, and will pray and plead to the Father on my behalf better then my mother could, considering that he is seated right next to him in the heavenly temple.
Becoming a Christian, Christ-centred, is about turning one’s attention to heaven and not Earth, the things we rely upon on this earth should become secondary and you no longer become dependent on the things on this Earth to meet your needs. So I think that from today onwards my advocate, my comforter , my anchor, my friend, my king, my father, my mother, my treasure, my source of strength, my rock will become God, and I shall pray with full confidence to the Father knowing Christ has given me access and not my mum.
Who is your (insert description and name) in place of Christ?
I would just like to end this post with lyrics from a favourite song of mine:
Turn your eyes upon JesusThe Heavenly Vision;(1922) Helen Howarth Lemmel
Look full, in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace