You’re doing great. Keep going.
I remember being on vacation once and everyone wanted to go on the submarine adventure – except me. I’m the sensible one. “Human beings do not belong on the ocean floor. Let whatever is down there, stay down there. I’m feeling pretty safe up here.”
But I went anyway – very reluctantly. I won’t lie and say I loved the experience, I didn’t. It was just ok. But there’s a whole world of unknown down there – it’s beautiful, and it’s accessible.
When you dive into calling with Jesus, you never arrive. He’s always taking you deeper – deeper still. You’re always going to places where you think you cannot breathe, way down deep under water. I can’t breathe here.
Inhale. Breath of Life – you are there.
This is where Jesus is trying to take us. Way down under water in the places where it feels unnatural, and even scary to go. The places where I can barely breathe, except he cover me.
Breath of Life – you are my covering.
When we’re called under water with Jesus, there’s a whole world that we don’t know.
There are so many unknowns.
I’m constantly reminding Jesus of them. Those dreams and needs that he promises he already knows about – the ones that are already before his eyes. Well, they are certainly ever before my eyes.
It is our most common topic of conversation.
Word of Life – lift my vision.
He says he never changes. He reminds me over and over again of his nature. He is truth. Unchanging.
Look at the birds of the air. They neither sow nor reap nor store in barns, yet your Father feeds them. And you, my beautiful one, are worth so much more than these. (Matt. 6:26)
We keep going around this little block of uncertainty.
Will God provide? Will he come through in the places of my greatest longing?
I can barely get through the questions without hearing them echo in response. Has there ever been a time when he did not provide? Has there ever been a time when he did not come through? Has he ever let me down when I have been depending on him?
Not one time.
He has never ever let me down.
Have I had heartache? Yes.
Have I had delay? Yes.
Has there been disappointment? Yes.
But each and every single time – Jesus was there.
Each and every single time I grew to know him more deeply.
Each time I discovered a greater depth of his trustworthiness.
Every single time, I fell in love with him more.
He will never let me down.
He will never fail me.
Though my heart be broken and bare before him.
He is the mender of broken hearts.
He is the healer of hidden wounds.
Though he slay me yet will I hope in him. (Job 13:15)
He is my shelter.
When I am bare before him, it is his love that covers me.
The love of Jesus – my covering.
The love of Jesus – my banner.
The love of Jesus – my everything.
He is never closer than when our hearts are exposed – whether due to grief or to joy. He is the guard over my heart. Let it expand with joy. Let it break with sorrow. Whatever form this heart takes, he alone is its shelter.
This heart of mine, it hides in him.
You’re doing great, my Jesus said.
You will reap what you have not planted.
You will sow what you did not labor for –
And you will dance.
Can you see it? Do you perceive it?
I’m doing a new thing.
It. Is. Springing.
Here in this new day that’s dawning, you’re going to be overwhelmed by My glory. As the waters cover the seas, the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God. (Hab. 2:14)
Be steadfast. Immovable. It’s who you are. And you, beloved, are doing great.
Now to the One who can keep you upright and plant you firmly in His presence – clean, unmarked, and joyful in the light of His glory – to the one and only God, our Savior, through Jesus the Anointed our Lord, be glory and greatness and might and authority; just as it has been since before He created time, may it continue now and into eternity. Amen. (Jude 1:24-25)