I know I am not alone in walking through mountains and valleys, and I don’t know about you, but I have not always walked through them gracefully. In fact, I can think of a season I am not too far removed from that I sat in my pain and hurt for way too long.
That is my favorite phrase in the Bible, whenever I see it I immediately stop and underline it, make a note of it, and take a note that God ALWAYS interjects our mess with His perfect plan.
For my story God has interjected a lot of conjunctions because I am a hot mess and sinful in desperate need of His rescuing. Praise the Lord that He is so faithful, and that His love for me runs so much deeper than I can even comprehend, amen.
Over the past few weeks as I have pursued the Lord and let Him speak truth over my heart and mind, I have realized a few things about Him – things I have known but never let sink in as truth in my life. Isn’t that funny, we can hear the truth but become numb to how powerful it is and how it affects our lives?!
One of the things I have learned is that He is our rescuer. He not only died to rescue us on the cross, but He also rescues us from things we don’t see and understand so that we can fully follow after Him and what He has called us to. He doesn’t want me to be content with comfortable, or in a situation that’s just easy enough for me to think I can do it on my own, but in the BEST place – One that He has created me for; one that only I can do.
Jesus also felt the same emotions that we felt, and he empathizes with us. John 11:35 used to be one of our favorite verses growing up because my friends and I would be able to quickly recite it (it’s the shortest verse in the Bible, spoiler). Two words. “Jesus Wept”. The more I study Jesus, the more I realize how absolutely powerful this verse is. Jesus wept. All knowing Jesus who knew a few moments later would raise his friend Lazrus from the dead, still wept. He wept in empathy for the friends and family mourning the loss of their beloved and wept with his own humanity. He grieved and felt loss but still was powerful to save. He restored Lazrus’ life, and He restores ours.
Our story won’t resemble Lazrus’ but God is our rescuer – He comes in, he brings us to himself – and sometimes in order to do that He draws us out in order to draw us in. He is constantly pursuing us, He is empathizing with our sorrow and weakness but He desires a greater purpose for us than even our best laid plans.
How beautiful are the “but God’s” in our lives – but God, so rich in mercy draws us out of our sinfulness and desires and draws us to Himself. But God when I was drowning in emotions comforted me with unexplainable peace.
What is your “But God” moment?
Is Jesus pursuing your heart, and potentially asking you to step out of a situation or season and into His loving arms?
Friend, run to His loving arms today, your emotions, mess, and situation are not too much for Him to handle. He not only empathizes with every situation we go through, but He is using them for your good and His glory. Run to Him, He is good, always.
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