It is January 1st, 2016!! I am curled up in velvety soft pajama pants that meet my warm blue fuzzy socks on this January morning. My coffee mug is a little too hot to the touch, but there is such a comforting essence to this scene. The girl behind these morning matted curls and tired eyes found their way to these keys this morning out of the joy of reflection. In what seems like one blink of an eye another year has come to a close. But on this quiet morning my heart is unwrapping the boundless blessings of the Lord this year. Reflection allows all of His mercies to appear in a front of grace, seeing the unfathomable faithfulness of the Almighty. The Lord has so evidently touched and guided me to where I am now. This year my foot was guided by His tender mercy, His wind guiding my sails. The path He established has become a beautiful kingdom, a temporary home.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.
Blessed is the man who makes the Lord His trust… You have multiplied, O Lord my God, Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts towards me; NONE can compare with You! I will PROCLAIM and tell of them, yet there are MORE than can be told.”
I am still so in awe at how God continues to faithfully orchestrate such an immense, beautiful plan for our lives while we chase after the world. This past year has been just so jam-packed with a multitude of opportunities and blessings that my little brain cannot even begin to comprehend them all, but this is who He is!! He is a God that delights in drawing us near when we seek Him and fills our mouths with a new song. His extraordinary deeds are endless and NONE can compare with Him.
Isaiah 26:12- “LORD, You establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished YOU have done for us.”
This verse in Isaiah 26 holds so much truth. Wherever you are reading this right now, please take a step back and reflect on all that you have experienced this year. If you are like me, your heart is dancing in the wondrous awe that is the majesty of our Savior! If I had seen foreshadows a year ago of everything this year held, I would never have believed it. Through this year the Lord has revealed how indescribable His calling for each and every one of us truly is, and how beautifully He can weave it together. He has shown me how perfect and flawless His way is and has exceeded any limit I could ever manifest.
Isaiah 40:11: “He will tend to His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lamb in His arms and carry them close to His heart.”
Isaiah 40 just BLOWS my mind, especially this verse. This chapter says we are a drop in a bucket, a speck of dust, nothing and worthless. This is where my heart is absolutely rocked. I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that once we reach out our hand to be taken by His, He takes the filthy, broken, feeble people we are and tenderly tends to us like a shepherd. He draws us in and holds us as a little lamb in His arms because He delights in showing us mercy.
Isaiah 40:22- “He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.”
There have been many tear-filled nights full of uncertainty and discontent with unhappiness in His plan and timing. However, these feelings in my heart cause me to seek after Him even harder. We are always searching for answers that we could only understand if we knew what He knows. This is where He reaches down and draws me out my mess, holds me near His heart and leads me. During this year growth has been found in stepping into the unknown and insecurity. It has been found in seeking His new mercies every day and watching Him unveil His path before me. This unexpected growth has been found in sitting at His feet and watching the mighty waves be brought low in submission to Him. If our heart and soul abides in His shelter we will find ourselves exactly where He desires us to be in all of the unique little moments. Where we are right now, He stretches out the heavens providing a tent for us to live in. In this we have found our kingdom, our temporary home. This year God has engulfed me with His presence, showering me in His wondrous grace revealing the majesty of His eternal glory in my life.
“What if the path you choose becomes a road
The ground you take becomes a home
The wind is high, but the pressure’s off
I’ll send the rain wherever we end up, wherever we end up
Set your sights, sailing far beyond familiar
In the rising tide, you’ll find the rhythm of your heart
And lift your head, now the wind and waves don’t matter
I am the wind in your sails”
I love this song, “The Voyage” by Bethel Music. The Lord will call us to step into the unknown, but those depths are oceans of grace. You may not be exactly where you pictured this time of your life to look like. We will not understand everything we would like to, but we have the knowledge that we are lambs in the arms of our Shepherd. As each of our steps align with His so carefully authored story He will reveal grace upon grace through an outpouring of blessings. May we choose His path and we will find a home where He leads us. He will send the rain, filling us to overflow with His presence. My soul will embark upon 2016 with open sails, patiently awaiting His wind to further lead me into His inconceivable, marvelous splendor.
Isaiah 61:11- “For as the soil makes the sprout come up and the garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all the nations.”
Isaiah 40:13- “Who can fathom the spirit of the Lord?”