Happy Friday, ya’ll!
This week’s been a little chaotic for me. We’ve been prepping for Thanksgiving all week since we are hosting! I wanted to try and get some shopping done before the big crowds, but doing chores like that after work has been crazy-exhausting. I did manage to find some me time last night to get in a 3 mile run, take a bath, paint my toe nails, and write this blog post though 🙂
Last week, I left off with “the middle” of my journey of knowing the Lord. Today, I pick up with right now.
I didn’t really think about what part II would entail, but I knew I wanted to write more than just that one post. Truthfully, I am meeting God all the time. The more I know Him, the more I start to realize that I am meeting Him, and He is meeting me in all new ways, all the time.
Monday, I opened up about my experience in a class I recently took called Redemption Groups. After taking that class and much truth being revealed to me, I almost feel as if I am meeting the Lord – and who He really is – for the very first time. I know that’s not entirely true, though, and I am just beginning to understand so much more about His character and His love for me.
To be honest, much of Christian circles and churches spout the great love that God has for us – but I have seldom felt “loved,” at least like how I hoped or expected I would from God. I’ve felt a relationship with Him, and I’ve known in my head that He loves me completely, wholly, unconditionally. But that love was not really real for me until just recently.
Redeption Groups really put that into perspective for me. I chose to deal with some insecurity and grief with the Lord, all of which was from years and years ago. That just showed me that He is forever patient with me. He is willing to wait until whenever I am ready to deal with my issues. He is that patient.
And in all the wrong I have done in past situations, or all the wrong I have done because of sin done to me, He still forgives. It doesn’t matter where the sin comes from, the depth, or magnitude. He forgives. And I have felt the forgiveness that He grants wash over me like a blanket of peace. To feel that, to know that is love.
A big part of understanding God’s love has been having my eyes opened to my sin, realizing how desperately I need Him to save me. But the fact that He did, and sent Jesus for me – when I contemplate on that, my mind is just blown. Jesus knew I would sin. He knew that I might never even love Him or know Him. But I was worth His life anyway. Love.
For me, God’s love is found in the moments when I talk to Him, like on my drive home from work: tired, exhausted, frustrated at times. But He still has time to listen to me. God meets me in all the places that I need Him. He not only provided my new job, but the total grace and energy for me to carry out this new lifestyle.
My job alone is an amazing example of His power because before starting it, I never even fathomed having a “real” 40 hour a week job. Like, I didn’t even think it would be possible. I thought my whole life would fall apart. But He is certainly holding me and everything together so much better than I expected.
I’m confident to say that my meeting God will not end. Really, I feel it’s just begun.
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Questions for You:
- What difficulties have you had with understanding God’s love?
- Where are you meeting God right now?