Last week a friend encouraged me with a worship song that helped put my circumstances into perspective. (Thanks, Amy!)
God loves me. He is sovereign. His grace is breathtakingly good.
When life becomes overwhelming or something unexpected happens, my first response is to try to carry the burden upon my own shoulders.
My job, however, is not to stress, strive or worry. My job is to worship the God who created me. The One who holds the universe and all that is contained within it.
"Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, 'Amen! Amen!' Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground." Nehemiah 8:6 (NIV)
I'm so thankful for my supportive friends who responded to my sadness and encouraged me with God's Word and their prayer. It brought me back to that sweet place of surrender.
I pulled out some worship music that I hadn't listened to in awhile, grabbed a box tissue and lost myself in His glorious presence. He is so good.
There was such simplicity in the songs I found myself singing.
"You poured out all Your blood, You died upon the cross. You are my Saviour who loves me."
What more do I need? What more can I do? He's done it all.
It's amazing how primal worship becomes when we lay our worries and cares at His feet and allow ourselves to revel in His beauty, goodness and love. It truly puts everything into perspective.
The more I worship my Creator, I find that my world and problems become smaller and He becomes magnificently larger.
I find my center again in Jesus. My heart finds its way back to what is most important. Serving Him, worshiping Him, and giving Him all the glory.
When I finally turned off the music and wiped away my tears, my problems were still there. My new perspective didn't make them disappear. Rather, I was able to see them for what they truly are. Opportunities to trust God and allow His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
My heart is at peace for I know the One who loves me and cares for me is leading the way through the storms. He will make a path where none seems to be. He will light my way and keep me safe. He loves me.
He loves you. I think when we are truly able to grasp even just a tiny bit of how great His love for us is, the fear and worry dissipate. All that's left is God and His goodness.
My prayer, Friend, is that you truly know the power of His love for you. May you find the courage to lay your burdens at His feet and lose yourself in worship.
I promise you, life will seem so much more beautiful (and peaceful) when you do.
LIVING A BLESSED LIFE starts in a prostrate position, with hearts upturned to Him and reveling in His goodness.
(UPDATE: Our agency received our son's official referral today. Unfortunately, it's now a year old, is on the previous orphanage's letterhead and apparently needs to be updated. My sweet friend, Melinda, received the same news today. Please keep praying that God will make a way where there seems to be none. A huge and humble THANK YOU on behalf of our families.)
With joy and hope,
Photograph courtesy of Geoffrey D. Ivey