My Hug from God

by Katie Ann

Yesterday, the first day of December, it was 60 degrees outside and today it is 66.  I don’t know whether to cry or dance through the streets in joy, but either way it is a huge blessing and just what I needed.  The last couple of weeks have it has been cold here in the good old Midwest, reminding me that it’s only going to get worse.  I've also recently been struggling with connecting and really knowing God because of the lack of physical interaction.  I’ve realized the last couple years that while I know a lot about God, through my many years of church and private school, I don’t really know God on a personal level.  This lack of physical interaction coupled with my love receiving physical affection creates some problems.  When I am upset I just want to be held, interacting with friends I love to hug, and some of my fondest memories as a child are comprised of my mom or dad rubbing my back as I go to sleep.  God can’t exactly give me that hug, rub my back, or hold me tight when I am upset and this is a huge barrier for me.  So the last couple of weeks I strove to recognize that God works through others, just as he works through me, to interact with his people and to realize that those hugs from friends and other physical affections can also be from Him.  Today I am taking it a step further and while a warm day in December is not literally physical affection, to me it is a little hug from God.