This song stirs my soul. RIGHT NOW is a magnificent moment to climb into God’s lap and trust.
“I long for you to let go of worry and allow yourself to trust God completely. It’s one thing to know your Father loves you and quite another thing to experience it.”
— Brennan Manning
“Do you believe I love you?” – God
”You’re only going to be as big as your own concept of God.” – Brennan Manning
This is really beautifully incisive and challenging. Trusting Him comes from loving Him.
“THE WAY OF TRUST IS A MOVEMENT INTO OBSCURITY,
INTO THE UNDEFINED,
THE REALITY OF NAKED TRUST IS THE LIFE OF THE PILGRIM
WHO LEAVES WHAT IS NAILED DOWN, OBVIOUS, AND SECURE,
AND WALKS INTO THE UNKNOWN
WITHOUT ANY RATIONAL EXPLANATION TO JUSTIFY THE DECISION
OR GUARANTEE THE FUTURE.
BECAUSE GOD HAS SIGNALED THE MOVEMENT
AND OFFERED IT HIS PRESENCE AND HIS PROMISE.”
I usually say I don’t believe in bad days, and I don’t – in that everyday with God is still guaranteed to be moving from glory to glory (even when I don’t observe that with my eyes); it is at its core, a GOOD day. However, rough spots happen. Personally, I’m terrifically exasperated and looking for resolution in the midst of it. I’m living in the divine tension of resting in knowing God is moving on my behalf, and also doing the part I am responsible for. I’m stir crazy and yet, I simply want to be still. I want to go somewhere wonderfully intoxicating like the Amazon and yet I want to simply be in Redding and drink the luscious stars in the night sky. I want to see whole cities engulfed by love and I want the homeless guy I passed today on the street to be engulfed too. In all that I am waiting for several major things to take flight. Like a housecat who sits at the door calmly waiting to be let in, and moments later is digging her claws deep into the door in frustration and eagerness – I am torn between patience and impatience.
These times are an opportunity to let love lead, not emotions, not circumstances, but the forever FULL love of God. For me they are a time to practice the fine art of rejoicing when I don’t feel like it. One’s soul, the seat of one’s emotions, is subject to one’s spirit, the part of you seated with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6) and thus innocuous to one’s atmosphere. God turns even exasperation into joy. Sometimes it’s merely about getting alone with Him in quiet, laying down, and chatting with Him – not for answers, but just to chat. It’s like having a conversation with a good friend – you don’t only talk when you “need” answers, you talk to get to know the person and to be known by her.
If you are in the exasperation zone, I declare NEWNESS to you today. Today is a day when mountains will move, peace will come, and HOPE will rise. God wants to meet with you. He wants to talk with you. He wants to share His heart with you. He LOVES you and accepts you fully. He champions your dreams. He is your GOOD Father.