I always gave God permission to hang around me. But he had to stay a safe and comfortable distance away. I would only allow him to come closer if I really wanted something or if I ran into some kind of trouble.

For the longest time, this seemed like a perfectly normal and acceptable way for me to live as a Christian.

But I eventually started recognizing all God had done to prove his love for me and that I had done nothing to deserve it.

I started understanding that I needed God’s power and strength to truly live and that I couldn’t do it all on my own,

That’s when God and I’s relationship began to look very different. That’s when we became a lot closer. In fact, I eventually wanted God to come as close as possible!

I’m forever grateful that He was right there patiently waiting and willing to come when I finally asked!