I’m reading through The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp for Advent. It’s touching my heart in deep places and I’ve been in tears with every reading so far. Today’s was no exception.
“I will bless you,” says the God who comes to where you are. Who comes in the heaviness of the day, to the space where the weight hangs on the edges of you, so you just keep holding your breath, so you just keep forgetting to breathe.” – Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift
These words pierced my soul and drew me to my knees, crying out to Him, the One who bears my circumstances and carries the weight of my cares and worries.
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God does not wait for my life to be perfect in my own eyes. He comes to where I am. He is right here in the middle of the mess. He sees my lack. He knows the state of my checking account. He understands my needs, and hears the desires of my heart. He bends down with me in the wet puddle of tears, gets low in the trenches of my life and says, “Here I am”.
He promises to bless me.
I’ve had to repent today. I haven’t seen my circumstances as a blessing. Most of you know I am walking through a season of unemployment, on top of an already financially strained marriage. It’s been hard. I teeter somewhere between hope and hopelessness. And I cry out for God to bless me — with a new job, with financial provision, with a healed marriage.
I hold my breath. I forget to breathe. I am overcome with the heaviness of the day. But today I was reminded that as deep and dark as my circumstances may seem, He is right here with me. He will not let me go.
A friend reminded me today that God does indeed have good things in store for me and my family. I’ve struggled to hold on to hope. Some days I believe that this life I am now living is the crescendo of my days, and that I will live the rest of my life struggling to breathe.
But then He reminds me,
“I will bless you!”
I’m asking Him to take me low and deep into the secret place. I am seeking Him out, asking for Him to encounter my heart in a way that I’ve never been encountered before. I’m asking Him to remove fear and doubt and thrust me into a place of deep and abiding hope.
He is the one who bares my circumstances and carries the weight of my cares and worries. I know that I can trust Him with the outcome.
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