Just as We Are
This morning was one of those perfect mornings. I opened my eyes to gaze out of the window at the lush trees in my backyard, their leaves extra vibrant against the overcast sky. The strong smell of coffee lured me out of bed and the cold hardwood floor creaked softly under my bare feet as I padded down the stairs. I stepped onto the back deck, drew in a deep breath of the damp air and became acutely aware of the presence of God. I sat outside for a while, just listening. Listening to the birds, the screech of the Tuesday morning trash truck, and the hum of a lawnmower a couple houses down. It’s in the moments that I hit pause on the bustle of life that the whispers of God in my heart can actually be heard. The best part about listening for God is the refreshment and renewal that rushes over you when He speaks. Today I really want to share the awesome things God taught me and hopefully it encourages some of you, because life can be confusing and we’re all just trying to grow.
The first little nugget of wisdom revealed to me is that peace and joy exist wherever I am with God; I just have to press in. “Pressing in” doesn’t require that I actually do anything. For me, it means that I need to stop for a second and allow myself to be reminded of who I am. Not the me that the world sees, but the person that God says I am; my untainted identity. God doesn’t base our identity on the friends we have, the community we are surrounded by, the music we listen to, the Bible studies we do, the things that we post, the place we work, or the way we volunteer our time. God’s view of us is not based on any outside factors, but rather He sees us exactly as we truly are and knows us better than we know ourselves. God’s love for us is full and complete, not because of the works that we do but just because He says we are enough. How often do we hear that in society today; those words “you are enough”? This concept of simply being adequate without striving has become so foreign to us that even when we hear the words “you are enough” they bounce off of us and we never fully recieve their truth. That basic, yet profoundly freeing fact is what God reminded me of early this morning. I say “reminded” because a hundred times He has shown me that even in my worst moments I am enough, and still a hundred times I forget. So this blog post is basically a long-winded Post-It note to myself so that maybe I’ll remember next time (the key word here is “maybe” haha).
The overarching lesson I learned is that Jesus will meet us wherever we are. He’s there in the highs and lows; He’s even in the in-betweens. You can meet Him in the midst of peace and chaos, exhaustion and vivacity, solitude and companionship, transition and stagnation. He’s there every hour, every minute, every second, and He’s always in our corner rooting for us and reminding of of who we are. I like to think of God as our overly proud dad at the big game who’s standing up in the bleachers and holding up a sign saying “That’s my kid! Go #12!”. The best part about God is that He’ll be cheering and holding up that sign whether we win the game or not.
With all my heart I pray that today you genuinely believe that you are enough; that from this day forward you are able to walk in perfect love, knowing that no matter where you are God chose you.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9