i am sure of this

i spent about seven weeks this summer preparing a study called Who Does God Say He Is to share with the women in my church & community.  it’s a look at how God describes Himself in the Bible- what He reveals through the names and attributes used throughout His written story.  layer after layer, each word builds a clearer picture of Him, and still we never finish.  He is never done showing us who He is and how He longs for us to reflect Him in and to our world.

for a few hours almost every day, i asked Him to pour out the abundance of who He is like unleashed clouds on those warm hazy August days.  that is something He loves to do… to drench us in Himself!  i soaked in Truth and Mystery, overwhelmed again that this Well will not run dry. 

Creator and Restorer, Accessible and Unchanging, Sovereign and Faithful, Merciful, Just, Good… 
did you know it’s possible to be completely satisfied and achingly thirsty at the same time?  
to both see Him more clearly and know at the very core of your being that these mysteries are beyond your understanding?  
to recognize yourself as He created you, Image Bearer, and yet long to know who you are becoming more strongly than ever?  
it’s a rumbling waterfall of contrasting feelings- noisy and restful at once.

 

this is where i found myself- sopping wet and dripping with Grace and Truth- on September 11. in the early Fall sunshine, wrapped in a soft blanket and sitting in a chippy white Adirondack chair {my most prized roadside rescue}, i was full to overflowing as I answered the phone and talked to the doctor about my breast cancer.

i tell you this because i am not so strong, not so faithful.  i’m angry at this bad news, hurt by the chemotherapy, afraid for my children, sad for my husband.  
i’m also sure of this: 

 all that God showed me of Himself in August 
did not become untrue in September.  
 

the abundance of Himself that He poured over me?  it’s soaking in, filling the places that i cannot see or describe to you. He is still my Restorer, still Unchanging, still Sovereign, still Good, still Merciful… all this and more.
He is still enough.



your prayers, gifts, letters, hugs, meals, kind words, service and love are such an offering of His grace to our family… we will never be able to give back all that we’ve already received, and we are grateful that you are pouring out on us.  
we love you. yes- you.

 

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