Beauty surrounds me.
The lights are twinkling. Candles burning. The house is quiet.
But quiet and peaceful are not always the same thing.
For many, this season can be a season of silent suffering. Trudging through the days with burdens too heavy for a human to carry, the weight is too much for us.
It is a heaviness our Jesus never intended for us to carry.
“The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people…I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them … and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land.” Exodus 3:7-8a
These words bring comfort to my weary heart this morning as I spend time replenishing my soul with Him. This freedom is what He intended for us from the very start.
This is what Jesus did when He came. This is what He does when He comes to us now.
He sees our misery. He hears us crying out because of our slave drivers and He is concerned for us.
And so …
He has come down to rescue us and bring us out of the place where we are driven. Driven by those things we are slaves to.
Others expectations of us. Our expectations of us.
Our fears, anxieties, and worry.
Our failures, our disappointments, our experiences that have left us without hope, without the happiness it had promised.
Into this mess, this chaos … He came. He comes and He will come again.
He comes to meet us and comfort us, but He also comes to move us. To move us to a good and spacious land. The place He is guiding us to, the steps He is ordering before us, lead us to good. It is a desirable place. It is a spacious place; broad, roomy with plenty of width to grow, expand … and breathe.
Jesus, You are not a restrictive God as we’ve been led to believe. No, You are our loving Father, who leads us to spaces to stretch out and breathe deep.
Lead me out today. I take your hand as You lead me away from the voice of the slave drivers in my life and bring me closer to Yourself. As we get further and further from them may their voices grow so dim, soon they will be silent. I trust You.
Thank you, Jesus.
I needed You to come …and You did.
I need You to come … and You have.
I’ll need You to come … and You will.
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Do these words describe you too?
If so, I hope you’ll join Suzie Eller and I tonight, November 6th, at 9:00 p.m. EST for Facebook Live on my page tonight. Together, we’ll talk about what it can look like when God empowers us to make our move past our “if onlys”? Go beyond the words, the feelings, the views of someone else to grasp hold of how He views us?
If you’ve missed it, don’t worry! The video will stay there on Facebook so you can view it when you can.
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See you there!