Verses Worth Sinking In:
"Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you. I've called you by name. You're mine. When you're in rough waters, you will not go down. When you're between a rock and a hard place, it won't be a dead end--because I am God, your personal God, the Holy of Israel, your Savoir. I paid a huge price for you...
That's how much you mean to me! That's how much I love you! I'll sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you."
~Isaiah 43: 1-4 (message)
With coffee at hand and the house washed in gray shadows, I am handing things over to the Lord this morning. You would think by now I would learn. Trudging through life with all my baggage and pain wears these narrow shoulders out. Worry and grief and pain...none of it was made to rest here upon my chest, wearing me down, stealing my joy. So I am handing things over...
What it comes down to is this:
"God, I love you...
You are worth this...
Whatever this is.
I will gladly stay here in this darkness if there's a lesson to learn...
I will believe that You have me in the palm of Your hand.
I will never stop believing in Your truths...
Or let truth be obscured by worldly compromise.
You are worth the growing pains...
The tears when I am confused and feel lost.
Because I will believe that you have singled me out.
I know it!
I feel it!
So restore my faith and joy.
Begin to breathe truth within my soul once more.
Feed me visions and dreams.
Don't let me forget.
Don't let the worry and the pain swallow me up.
Jerk me up by the back of my neck if You have to.
You know how stubborn I am, but You are even more so.
You know my faults and my weaknesses.
You know my strengths and my pitfalls.
You alone know me better than I even know myself...
So let me feel the palm of Your hand beneath me.
Let me feel Your breath on my cheek.
Let the strength of Your Holy Spirit pulsate through my veins...
Let Your love be a shelter in the storms...
Let You whisper be my beacon.
Because I love You.
You are more than enough.
You are all that I need.
You're worth it."
Whatever is happening in my life, whatever I cannot see, I know that He has this. He has me. He loves me. He has singled me out and made me his precious, peculiar daughter. He has set a crown upon my head. Today...I am going to embrace it. I am going to close my eyes and feel the weight of his gift resting upon my head. I am going to let go of the pain and worry...and for a while...breathe deep in His promises. It isn't what I can do, or what I choose in this silly life. It is what He is calling me to. Thank heavens I don't have to figure it all out on my own.
Today, I am pulling myself up to full height, shrugging back my shoulders, letting the balls of my feet settle deep into his palm...and taking a deep, refreshing breath of His spirit and strength. Think on that...He let's us stand in His palm...the hand of a King...