What an amazing time that we have in the presence of the Lord. We rejoice on every side while we are there. An atmosphere of worship. Songs of delight. Perfect choices – all directed to Him. There was a young woman that came to share at our church yesterday. She spoke of familiar words. “I found this worship in a very dark place of my life.” And in the darkest places where we can seem lost, is exactly where God finds us and LOVES us! It is powerful. I dropped to the ground in utter amazement at how much I know that God is with me. In the highs and in the lows.
Where is the part where no one sees.
Where is the part where no one hears.
Where is the part where no one moves.
Silence is where we remain.
Fear is present.
Faith is pressed.
Focus is fading.
He sees me. He told me… He sees me. He told me… I am not alone. He told me so much. And I fought through a violent storm of my own.
He brought me to the word. A precise section midway into Isaiah…
I kept reading until it became my prayer.
I kept reading until it became His voice, just as it has always been.
He said to me:
I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You ARE my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
ALL who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you.
I saturate myself in that word. I breathe it in until I feel the peace overtake me. How much I matter to God. And then I continue.
But now, this is what the Lord says-
He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are MINE.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.
There has definitely been a lot of “Whens” and through all of that He is with me. I know God is watching over me, every day of my life. My whole emphasis for this year, that is now flying by…vividly seen in the scriptures. This is my refuge. This is my support. This is my guide. This is my source.
Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd and will accomplish all that I please; He will say of Jerusalem, “let it be REBUILT,” and of the temple, “Let its foundations be laid.”’
Oh how HE loves me!
I am at perfect peace knowing that. When the storms try to bring fear… OH HOW HE LOVES ME! He is with me. He is the God who sees! He will always find a way to remind me of that. He is laying the PERFECT foundation for a bigger and better me. A stronger and sustainable me. A bolder and brighter me. He knows exactly what to do. The rain comes only to make the flowers bloom. And for the trees, it will bring deep roots.
He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or OAK. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the RAIN made it grow…
I am that oak, the one that He just loves SO much! The flowers bloom, then they die. The oak takes deep root and it will always remain. My roots will be the deepest that they have ever been right in the heart of God. Let it rain! I will sing and worship too.
Oh how He loves me.