Day 5: I am thankful that I am yours, and you are mine.

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Last night, I had the wonderful pleasure to attend the LA Barnabas group meeting downtown. They started the evening off with a bit of worship, and the last song they played was “Oceans” by Hillsong. I had heard the song many times before, but as I stood in that crowded room of Christian leaders in Los Angeles, eyes closed, forgetting anyone else was around, my heart was so overwhelmed by the beautiful lyrics and message of the song.

“You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine”

There is something so amazing to me knowing that we don’t have a God who throws us out into the world, into our storms, our oceans, isolated…but our God is with us. Joshua 1:9 says:

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

There have been countless times in my life when my circumstances seemed so impossible. Too many times, I have failed and stumbled and made mistakes that most would abandon me for…but not God. There were too many nights, years ago, that I found myself balled up on the floor like a crumpled piece of paper, crying out to God, feeling like there was no one in the world who saw my hurt and truly cared...but He was doing life with me all along. His grace is so good…and I am so thankful that I am His and He is mine.

The main problem I always come across in my relationship with God is my lack of faith. Trust is so difficult for me, and while I know how good and capable He is, I am still human and often become afraid that I am alone. But as Joshua 1:9 explains, God is with us wherever we go…such a gift to be thankful for.

In the midst of my fears, doubts, and trials, there are lyrics at the end of “Oceans” that have truly become my daily prayer to God:

“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”

I am God’s girl…and I want to go wherever He calls me without fear. Today, I am thankful that God would love a girl like me and want to do life with me…and that He gives me a new chance every day to continue stepping out in faith to walk closer to Him.

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