Sometimes I'm not even aware that my soul needs lifting. I praise God in those moments for His complete sovereignty ... and the grace He has to reach down and remind me I am surely safe in His presence.
Between yesterday and today, God hemmed me in with His provisions of His presence. Three packages from the States and Canada, kingdom-seeking conversations in my office, and beautiful time spent with my Bible study girls tonight felt like a handmade quilt wrapped perfectly around my winter body.
God is so good.
In Bible study tonight, we tackled the divine romance, illustrated in the first marriage of Adam and Eve. We trudged through some Old Testament background on covenant and arrived at a beautiful, exposed place. My heart got all twisted somewhere in the midst of our discussion because I wanted to communicate how beautiful is God's love story with us and His plans for us. I wanted to cry several times.
There are so many things I pray and hope for these ladies... and all my hopes have to do with their pursuit of their Savior. If they are fixing their eyes on Christ, the author and perfector of their faith, there is no possible way to end in disappointment. The alternative - pursuing a man or a dream or a career - will always let us down.
I left to the gym after the last ladies took off and I hit the treadmill running like mad to this new song by Jenny and Tyler called "Faint Not."
It might seem a strange song to feel so strongly about after my Bible study, because the lyrics focus on poverty, pain, injustices in the world and our sometimes haggard response.
What seemed so appropriate tonight - running and sweating and praying like crazy for my senior ladies - was believing God would be faithful with His promises:
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31 ESV)
My heart bursts with this prayer - this plea - that we will believe He is stronger than any deception, allure, temptation, or danger. When we seek Him, He lifts us.
The chorus to the song is simple, but I've been singing it on replay:
Oh my soul, faint not no, faint not Oh, my soul, keep on, oh, in love
I'm so glad for God's timely reminders that He is sufficient. He is gracious. He is present.
let LOVE fly like cRaZy