Secondly and on a similar note, I just wanted to encourage you to embrace how vast God is... and how weak you are. I was at an IF:Local Leader gathering recently, and one of my new friends shared that she often seeks God work in her life by revealing very small glimpses – that he reveals a little glimmer of something, something she feels led to, but not confident in, so she has to step closer to be able to see it better. And once she does that, she gets just a little further glimpse... and this continues. It was one of those moments where I heard her words and just laughed to myself and shook my head, because I know exactly what she's talking about. It's like, in our humanness, we cannot fully grasp the scope of our God. As I sat by the ocean last week, I just stared out into it, knowing I couldn't feasibly see it's edge. I watched the huge waves crash into the rocks and felt his power... but this was just a glimmer. A glimpse of his majesty. And it made me feel very small, in a wonderful kind of way. I feel like knowing, on some level, how big and mighty and awesome He is gives me renewed comfort in what He does for me. He is my shelter and my protection. He is my King, my great warrior. He loves me with a love so immense and deep that I will never be able to comprehend it fully. So when he invites me in to know him on a new level – like bringing up that issue with fame that I never really got over as a child – I shouldn't be afraid and back away. I should lean in. He can handle it :) All of my ugly, selfish pride... all of my fear of what others may think. Even when it makes me sick with fear. He can handle it, because He is good. There was a verse I shared last week on Instagram where The Lord is telling Job to trust Him... (Job 38:4-11 )
"...who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds it's garment and thick darkness it's swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, 'Thus far you shall come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed'?"
Jennie Allen used this in her book Anything, and she went on to say, "He is God. He knows what He's doing. Often things feel hard or scary... But He has a bigger plan going. He's asking you to trust the one who tells the ocean where to stop and the sun when to launch." Yes. Praise Him. Amen.
Hope you all have had a wonderful week. Thanks again for your continued grace in this blog, and praise to God that He enters in to the places we feel weak to do His work. Love y'all.
All images via That's Pretty Ace