01 Feb Deuteronomy 31:6
If there is anything I can’t get out of my mind right now, it is this verse.
‘God, your God, is striding ahead of you’
This alone – my goodness.
He isn’t walking. He isn’t struggling. He isn’t trying to pick up loose ends. He is striding.
What a beautiful, peace-educing statement. Think about it, when you’re striding, you’re killing it! A quick google search shows the definition of striding as ‘walking with long, decisive steps in a specified direction’. A SPECIFIED DIRECTION! DECISIVE STEPS! He is striding – He knows what He’s doing! It’s so basic, and like, ‘Christianity 101’ but how much confidence does this give you?
‘He’s right there with you’
I can think of at least 30 times in the last month when I’ve said, ‘Where are you, God?’ and let me tell you, I’m getting annoyed of myself asking the same question every time it gets a little tough. From time to time, though, you need that reminder.
He is with you. He is with me. He hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t forgotten me. Don’t look back at what you had, keep going. He is with you. He is with me. He is with us.
Still your heart, still your thoughts of what could have been or what should be, what they have and what you don’t, and remember that where you are now – this matters. This is important. You’re being prepared and shaped and you aren’t being left to do that alone, all by yourself. God is with you, with me, in this. He’s right there in the mess of what we’re doing. He’s doing the shaping. He’s there when you’re lonely and tired. He’s there when you’re thriving and laughing and filled with joy.
He is doing some weird, perfect, construction of these moments, weaving them into a new, incredible opportunity to step into. Watch this sermon because it’s going to 100% change your perspective.
‘He won’t let you down; He won’t leave you‘
I’ve never been in a season like this before. Where one moment I will feel so secure, so at peace. And then the next, I’m scared, terrified I ruined my life, and that every opportunity I could have had is gone.
(First of all, hi, this is so dramatic. Second of all, right now I live in a world where there is no ‘in-between’ place for emotions. I’m very extreme.)
Think about it though – we serve a God that knows our hearts and our wants. And it’s not like He sees what we want and can’t do anything about it because, well, ‘times are tough’. He wants to bless us! He wants to give us everything from our most intimate, secret desires to our most obnoxious and expressed wants.
He isn’t going to let us down. He’s been God for a long time, and hasn’t let anyone down yet. Yeah, there’s the whole timing thing that comes into play, which is a conversation for another day, but He isn’t a God of broken promises and empty vows.
I’ve been watching so much Survivor lately, and everyone on that show lies to get to the top. It’s the strategy of the game. But God isn’t lying to convince you to do something. His word is good. His word has weight to it. He isn’t going to leave you out dry at Tribal Council (LOL OMG WHO AM I – #whenyoutrytomakeitwork).
He’s going to stick it out with you, and at the end, you won’t be disappointed. There’s almost this weird, bold, confidence that I have in saying this. It has to work out. It just has to, because that’s who God is.
‘The one who called you is completely dependable. If He said it, He’ll do it!’ 1 Thessalonians 5:24
This post is long, and unedited, and kind of ~rambley~. I haven’t written in a long time, but I’m sitting in Loyal Coffee, feeling inspired to create and to write, and I need to start taking advantage of these opportunities.
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I hope this can encourage you or spark you to maybe change your perspective of the season you’re in. If not, I hope that me in a few weeks, months, or years, can look back on this and be encouraged.