Posted by: ritagone | April 23, 2014

Draw Near to God


Frank Laubach (1884-1970) was an American missionary to the Philippine Islands who went there with his wife and wound up having a huge impact on thousands of people for Jesus Christ, quietly, unobtrusively, teaching many to read and write, while at the same time bringing them to a richer experience of God.

In his many writings he left us his own rich experience of building a relationship with God that makes me envious when I read about it. Reading the following quote I cannot help but wish it were something I had experienced more often and written about in my own life: “Oh, this thing of keeping in constant touch with God, making him the object of my thought and the companion of my conversations, is the most amazing thing I ever ran across. It is working.”

That theme of staying closer to God, in constant touch with Him, seems to be reverberating in my head and mind and heart lately. I can’t seem to get away from it even when I try. I am thinking about it, praying about it, and studying to teach it in a few weeks as our Thursday morning womens’ Bible study at church comes to its summer conclusion. My challenge to the ladies who will be listening is this: don’t let the summer go by without spending some quiet, purposeful time each day with God. Commit to it, be intentional about it, or else it won’t happen. And this message is as much for me as it is for the ladies who will be listening.

James 4:8 promises us: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” Such a simple verse, so simple to understand. But not so simple to accomplish.

Everything around us conspires to push us away from God, not to draw us nearer to Him. What Laubach realized and attained and wrote about eludes me because I just don’t seem to have what it takes to commit to spending even five minutes in His presence, alone, quiet, thoughtful, just listening, just absorbing what it is He has for me to learn and to hear.

What would it be like, I wonder, to have God draw near to me, really near, so that I could feel His presence, know that He was there with me, in the room, in the car, on the street, wherever I went? I can’t imagine. And I know I can’t imagine because I haven’t given Him a chance by my drawing near to Him.

So that’s my assignment for this summer: drawing near to God. Quieting my spirit, my mind, my heart, so that God can enter more frequently and more fully and make His presence known.

Will you join me in this divine journey for a few months, and let’s see where it takes us?


  1. Rita,
    I’m a Laubach fan as well-I loved “Letters by a Modern Mystic.” And I’m a Rita fan, too! And I’m a passionate fan of the God who calls me into quiet and stillness before Him. This is my heart’s goal, too.
    Karen H

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