Who was the last person you wanted so badly it hurt?
The longing so intense, you cried, you prayed, you hoped.
Would you believe that God has that same longing for you? Hard to believe, huh? We believe God loves us. “For God so loved the world…,” but, do we really know how He loves us?
We forget that we are created by Him for Him. We forget that we are created in His image.
God sees, hears and hurts; He is jealous over the one He loves.
I was thinking the other day of the intensity of God’s love for me:
His eye is upon me,
He knows the number of hairs on my head,
He bottles my tears,
I am engraved on the palms of his hands,
He knows everything about me, my thoughts, my sin, my needs.
He never stops thinking of me, so much so that his thoughts toward me outnumber the sand on the seashore.
Do you identify?
Remember when you couldn't get him, (or it) off your mind? Perhaps it was your dying mother, the man who makes your heart leap, or the wayward son. Perhaps it is your cancer, a promotion, or the new house. Do you remember that season when it was all consuming?
One minute you are vacuuming, the next minute you are slouched over sighing deeply and loudly with an ache to have your longing satisfied.
That is a picture of His longing for YOU... for ME. Can you believe it?
"...with great mercies I will gather thee."
"...How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,"
"...His banner over me is love."
It is amazing Love! Rejoice!
I feel like 2014 has been a preparation, a journey to this great wide ocean of 2015.
It sparkles with mystery and depth. What lies beneath its surface? What awaits me on the other side? Will I make it to the other side?...This 2015 ocean called "REDEEMED."
I know WHO I am: a daughter, friend, bride of the great I AM.
I know WHOSE I am: I am redeemed; I have been purchased and I no longer belong to myself.
But, I stand on the shore. The waves have crashed over my feet. I have walked in up to my ankles, even to my waist, but now, now is the time to set sail, to go out and discover, to live the adventure of REDEEMED.
2015, here I come!!
"For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain."
"For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;"
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