That first time you taste a mouth watering, juicy steak it blows your mind.
It’s impossible for someone to imagine this experience if they have never had anything like it.
I remember the first time I tasted the Australian dessert, Pavlova. I was in awe and at a loss for words to describe the light and fluffy mixed with crunchy, not too sweet, but sweet enough flavors dancing in my mouth.
We don’t know, what we don’t know, until we know. Right? We try to understand but until we’ve tasted it or experienced it for ourselves, we can not seem to fully grasp some earthly experiences – much less what God has for us.
We live life and we try to wrap our minds around the God who created everything by what we hear, read, feel and see. Until we walk into eternity and things are revealed in full, we only know in part (1st Corinthians 13:9).
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8). I don’t know where you are today. What you are longing for. God does.
He gets it when we don’t understand why we are walking on a jagged road with a cliff on one side and a mountain on the other.
He gets it when our hearts ache and we are unsure of today, let alone our future.
He knows the longings of our hearts.
He is not angry at us when we have to process the whole gamut of emotions that we are feeling in order to move forward.
He has not left our side or ever stopped loving us.
He knows our human limitations as he created us.
God’s love reaches through all of our pain and desires to heal our hearts and make us whole in Him.
He is faithful even when . . .
Recently, early one morning, I decided to be that crazy girl. The one who walks around her house, before anyone else wakes up, and I began to praise God for who He is. When we lay aside our issues and focus on a God that is far above our comprehension and worship him for who He is, chains of doubt, fear, and anxiety begin to break off.
Praise changes our perspective.
Praise changes the atmosphere of our hearts.
Praise invites God’s presence into our very circumstances no matter where we are and what we are facing.
Praise brings the joy of the Lord into our very hearts.
God never promised life would be easy, but he did promise that he would never leave us or forsake us. “For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5 NLT).
No matter whether we see what we are praying for happen now, down the road or in eternity, we have an inheritance that is promised to us from our Heavenly Father. I refuse to NOT believe God’s promises. I WILL have a hope for the future that God will work mighty in my life! I will serve Him with expectation.
Will you just take that leap of faith and believe with me friend?
It may look different than what we envision and I’m learning that is ok. He gives us often what we need the most, that will grow us, strengthen us and form in us what no man can ever take from us. His greater purpose is so much better for us than what we want right now.
Don’t get me wrong, I fight it too. I want my way. I’m selfish. And then, His word penetrates my heart and deep down I want to make a difference in this world. And so, I say yes to a God who knows better than I.
“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). He knows more. He sees the future. His wisdom is beyond our comprehension and yet we want to slip him into a box of our own understanding. When you think about it, it makes no sense.
Who would want to serve a God who was no greater than our own human understanding? Not me.
God is God, the Lord of Lord’s. We are not.
This world is not our home or our final destination. This life will not be easy. God does answer prayer and He is the God who works miracles even when he does not give us the miracle we may ask for. And yet, He tells us to keep knocking, keep seeking and keep asking with a tenacious faith that never gives up.
So will you keep knocking and believing and praying by faith and trusting in a God who knows the end from the beginning even when it’s so very uncomfortable? Even when others may think you are foolish. Oh, how I know how this feels.
Will you trust the outcome to Him?
How can I know God will?
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).
God has great purpose for his children. We cannot prosper if we are not willing to grow. Growth requires hard work, pain and determination to walk it out with God’s strength.
However, when He sends out His word, it will not return empty. It will produce fruit. He will finish the good works he has begun in you and I (Philippians 1:6). We will see His fruit developing in us if we lean in to all God is bringing us through and calling us too.
“You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where briers grew, myrtles will sprout up.
This miracle will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; it will be an everlasting sign of his power and love” (Isaiah 55:12-13).
God will because He is a God of his Word! You can count on His promises. “I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name” (Psalms 138:2 NLT).
“What if the work is our reward.” – Craig Groeschel
In other words what if the greater miracle is what God does in us, as he walks with us, through the process of living this life. Can the most incredible miracle be disguised in how God empowers us to remain faithful in the daily grind?
I’m so thankful for God’s grace that covers us when we make mistakes. I’m even more thankful for his power to help us get up and choose to follow Him day after day after day.
I too am full of thanksgiving when heaven shifts to earth and the miraculous comes. We serve a God who does the impossible. His mighty hand works in our lives in so many ways that often we do not even recognize all He is up to.
I choose to believe. I choose to Hope. Are you with me?
In It With You and Cheering You Forward!
P.S. If you are trying to find a place to fit in, know that you are welcome here. Not only that, I wrote a post just for you, You Are Welcome Here, that I’d love for you to read. Welcome, friend!