Read His Words Before Ours!
As a believer in the corporate world I often find myself daydreaming of being out on the mission field again. My first two years out of high school I traveled to Africa three times, totaling around a year.
Most often I remember those days vividly, and other days I can’t believe that was my life. I spent a month in the desert of Kenya, living in my tent with no running water, no bed, no privacy, and no Internet.
It was normal for me to walk miles upon miles to the local watering hole, gathering enough liquid to wash my clothes and boil for cooking dinner, all the while staring at the giraffes, monkeys, ostrich, and hyenas stopping for a quick drink before continuing to roam the land.
I felt as if I was living a Biblical fairytale as I met real life shepherds herding their cattle from place to place during the day and getting them back in their pens at night.
Yet, my life is so vastly different now.
I currently reside on the 26th floor of a skyscraper, in a cubical.
I would be lying if I told you that I don’t miss that lifestyle. I felt alive. I felt free. I felt like I was living in the now, with no distractions. I felt as if I could reach out and touch heaven as my relationship with the Lord was growing and my longing for Him was what fueled my every move.
Now don’t get me wrong, I still feel that way, it just looks so different now.
As part of the inheritance Jesus has given us, we receive the freedom to live in His abundance. Whether it’s in the middle of nowhere Kenya, or in my cubical at work,
I still have His freedom inside of me.
The Lord has taken me on quite a trust journey the last few years. Right after my husband and I got married, it was almost as if a switch went off and hard life situations started happening.
Job loss, unexpected surgeries, miscarriage, being unable to pay the bills and moving back in with my parents, getting pregnant again, being put on hospital bed rest, having a preemie, job loss again, and to top it all off, serious marital problems. It seemed as if it wouldn’t ever stop. But you know what?
Never once did Jesus abandon us, and never once did we lose hope.
It was through the darkest of nights where Jesus showed up in my life and told me to lean in and trust the process of His plan.
David writes in Psalm 65:11, “You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;
even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.”
I needed that harvest.
I was waiting, hoping, and praying that God was going to overflow my life with the abundance that He has promised us as heirs to His kingdom.
Although my timeline and God’s aren’t the same, I was able to grow in my relationship with Him during that season of “hard pathways”.
To be honest, I’m still kind of there.
One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 3: 20, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
I’m continuing to learn that Jesus is at work in all things, and that while I may not have asked or even begun to think of answers to situations, He’s already in it all.
My husband recently began work at a hospital. When we were praying about finding a job, and this one came up, we knew it was from the Lord. Yet when he went in for his interview, they told him the only spot open was for overnight 12-hour shifts. We immediately dropped to our knees, as we felt like God was trying to tear us apart.
Why are we so quick to to point fingers at the things that God ‘hasn’t done’,
rather than praise Him for the work He’s already accomplished?
Not 24 hours later, Jeremy got an e-mail saying that as of that morning there was a full-time, day-time position available immediately. He even gets weekends off!
We once again dropped to our knees, but this time we praised God the Father for providing for His children, just like He said He would.
The physical things, the relationships, and the people we love are not guaranteed gifts from God. Death happens, brokenness happens.
But the spiritual gifts.
The inheritance we have through Jesus.
The freedom to hope and trust and live in peace.
He wants us to walk in that with our head held high through every situation,
leaning into all He’s given us.
So I ask you dear friend, what is limiting you to live in His abundance now?
Grab onto the hope and anchor your soul; He’s waiting for you!
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!