February 4, 2011
I was sitting at my table for women's bible study this morning (Power of a Praying Woman-I highly recommend it if you haven't read it) and a scripture verse jumped right off the page to me. It's a verse I have read and heard several times over, but this time it truly came to life. That's what scripture does. It comes alive! It's living, breathing and sharper than a two edged sword. And it cut a new one into my heart today. John 10:10
“The thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and they may have it more abundantly.”
Like everyone else, I have my fair share of struggles. These past few weeks have seemed like I've fought in one battle after another. I'm tired and I'm weak. The irony of my confession? The Lord has poured out his blessing upon me abundantly.
Somewhere I let my guard down. Somewhere I misplaced my sword. My helmet went missing and when the enemy came in like a thief to “kill, steal and destroy” I took hit after hit completely unaware. The Lord's blessing in my life is completely undeserved. Unwarranted. And instead of receiving it in humility and thankfulness, I was hurt and exhausted.
Not my proudest moment. Often we don't see the beauty in the Lord's provision because it wasn't part of our own plan. Often we become so distracted by life that we miss the point. Too many times we gloss over where He is in the little stuff.
But because of His sheer love for us, he blesses us anyway. Even when we don't see it. And the best part? He knows when I'm not paying attention, he gets it when I'm overwhelmed and feeling alone. And because he hears even the faintest cry of my heart, he intervenes on my behalf. A random phone call from a friend who felt such a deep impression from His Spirit to pray for me. And when she called to pray? She nailed everything I needed prayer for in that moment. Words of encouragement from an old friend who is experiencing abundant blessing in her own life. What awe I am in of a most righteous God. He who loves me!
His forgiveness of my ignorance is beyond any comprehension I can give it. What an awesome God.
Have you ever felt this way?
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So true, these words...wow!