“Courage is one step ahead of fear.” Coleman Young
I just got off the phone with a dear friend… she asked me this question…
”What if today you were exactly where God wants you to be?”
Hearing this brought a sense of calm.
A stillness to my whole being.
A halt to the anxiety rising within me.
Because it’s true… I am exactly where He wants me today.
Exactly where He’s called me for His purposes.
I’m in the palm of His loving hand.
“Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”
He knows what He’s doing with me.
… and He is faithful.
He’s drawing me to Himself.
… and as I choose to come, I am quieted with His love.
“The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.””
Through the anxiety I feel over my unknown future, my life, the feeling as if I’m going backwards…
He is calling me to Himself.
He is not lost.
He is in control.
He expects nothing of His daughter.
… only to trust.
He’s teaching me about unconditional trust… the kind of trust that says no matter what, I will be faithful. No matter what, I will surrender. No matter what, I will joy in You alone.
He’s teaching me to open my hands and say,
… with no expectations.
I asked to be taught, and He’s been gracious to answer.
His lovingkindness over my life continues…
So this is my prayer today… “Lord I ask that You go before me. You pave my path. You brighten it up like fireworks on a hot summers night. This is what I ask. I need You. I need Your leading. I need Your deliverance daily. I need You over and over again to quiet me with Your love. You are in control over all my ducks. Give me grace to let go… to stop with the planning, and just be. Letting go… is freedom. I know that. I know You use my every weakness to show Yourself strong. For Your glory!”
Clip from new movie, I Can Only Imagine:
Bart: I carry that. I have to live with that, you know. I always will.
Brickell: Then write about it. Stop running from it. Let that pain become your inspiration.
“… Father, merciful One, grant me the ability to do so. To let my pain become my inspiration. Not to run from my pain, my weakness, my struggle… but to bring it to You, all the tears to You, and run towards You alone. I need You… I know that. Father, only You. Be my leader, be my guide. Continue drawing me to Yourself.”