Has God ever asked you to do something REALLY, REALLY hard? Like love-someone-who-shows-you-nothing-but-rejection hard? Like move mountains, walk on water, part the seas hard? I’m willing to bet that if you KNOW Him, He has asked you to do something hard! Today’s scripture in my journal was Jeremiah 29:13-14 You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord.
Yeah, read that last part again, “I WILL BE FOUND BY YOU.” God wants to be found by US. How cool is THAT?
Back to the hard…last year God gave me a scripture and I didn’t yet understand it. I didn’t yet know the hard places He would have me in or the need for LIVING WATER that never fails! I didn’t yet know of the city He’d call me to.
Isaiah 58:11-12 I will give you a full life in the emptiest of places – firm muscles, strong bones. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Some of you will rebuild the ancient, deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.
The thing about God is that when He asks us to do something HARD, He also provides us with what we need to accomplish it in HIS strength. In our own strength, we have and are nothing. We’ll strive and try to do it right, to fit it into the box the world has made for us…it never works. In His strength, strength that is TRUTH, strength that invites, inspires, encourages and releases, we can do all things! Our real strength is IN HIM.
He goes before us and prepares a path…
As I mentioned in Evangel Post (that link will open in a separate window) yesterday, it was Valentine’s Day and I was SO excited to see what He had for me. I woke with a deep excitement and expectation in my heart!!!
What would my Beloved King gift me with today?!
I felt the cool leather in my hands, worn with use and stained with tears,
I opened His Love Story to Me and prepared my heart to HEAR.
Isaiah 54:11-13 I will build you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with sapphires. I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparking jewels and all of your walls of precious stones.
I was so excited and called my dearest friend Lori to share my gift…He had spoken to her also. She reminded me of a picture God gave her awhile back of His Great Love falling down on us and turning us into stones and gems of all the most beautiful, vivid colors. The thing about precious gems is that they are pure, multifaceted and they reflect. You can always tell when a stone is precious or fake by this.
He is building me,
I am the Builder’s Stone.
My hope is that I can and do reflect everything that He is;
truth, grace, mercy, love and more!
How exciting is THAT!~
…and when I don’t, refine my heart Lord and my heart beat to the beat of yours!!