But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8 NKJV
Bridges aren’t built in a day.
It seems like I’ve driven by the same bridge construction for over a year and still it remains unfinished. Traffic gets backed up, it takes twice as long to get to where I’m going and honestly, it’s not pretty to look at.
Sometimes it’s hard to see the beauty in the midst of a work in progress.
As I sat in traffic, looking at the churned up mud and equipment scattered all over this area, it dawned on me how much this very sight looked like my life before Christ came and captured my heart.
I was one big mess.
Fear and anxiety ruled my life and my relationships. I built walls of protection to keep everyone out, to ensure that no one would hurt me. By shutting everyone out, I was closing myself in.
I desperately needed God to work in my life, but I was doing everything possible to keep Him out.
But He didn’t give up on me.
He had a plan for my life, that I’m still walking out today.
He keeps pursuing and drawing me closer, molding me into the woman He created me to be.
Calming my fears, He assures me of His ability to lead me.
He is trustworthy.
I am His, no longer on my own.
I don’t have to do life alone.
Surrender to God
The reality of God’s presence and love is just too overwhelming for our human minds to comprehend. It breaks us down to the place of surrender.
This place, surrender, is where we begin to see the light.
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It’s amazing how one touch from Him, takes away the very thing that plagues us for years.
The woman with the issue of blood knew this first hand.
She had only heard of this Jesus that so many spoke of.
Although she had never met Him face to face, she was determined to find Him.
It was resolved in her heart that He was indeed her help.
The sleepless nights, dreaming of finding this Jesus, hoping and praying that if she could just touch Him—all her pain would go away.
She would no longer be unclean, she would no longer suffer, her future would once again be bright.
Spotting Him in the crowd, she advanced forward, pushing her way through.
She was completely unaware of her surroundings.
Her goal… To touch the hem of his garment.
She didn’t need to ask Him for healing or ask Him why this happened to her or even hesitate, wondering if He would actually do what she desired.
She bolted for that small piece that dragged the ground and she touched it.
At that very moment, she was healed.
No words were exchanged, no hands were laid on her.
The only things present were her determination and her hope in the One who already knew what she needed.
She relentlessly sought Him and it changed her life.
Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” Luke 8:48 NKJV
Are you relentlessly pursuing Jesus?
Are you pushing your way through emotions, preconceptions, doubts and worry to touch the hem of His garment?
He’s waiting for you.
At the end of your relentless pursuit, in the place of surrender, He’s waiting patiently and expectantly.
He sees you running toward Him and with open arms He’s ready to receive you.
God is not harsh. He is not distant. He is not unreachable.
His love for you surpasses all understanding and He longs to heal you–mind, body and spirit.