Monday, June 27, 2011

Repayment

Have you ever been so overwhelmed by God's providential care of you that you wanted to scale the tallest building you could find and shout forth songs of praise, so that all might hear and trust in Him? That's how I'm feeling this morning, y'all. Blessed. Truly, deeply, abundantly blessed.

On Friday, I spent most of my day at the construction site of our new home. I love being there. For much of the day, I was there by myself, waiting for one contractor or another to show up. I was moved to prayer as I walked through the rooms, and looked at what the Lord had built before me.

We've moved into a new season, once again. Does your life move in waves like mine? I've often heard people say, "When you get old, you realize that life just moves from crisis to crisis." But now, I'm thinking that we need to tweak that mindset just a bit - "When you have Christ, you realize that life just moves from lesson to blessing."

That's what I'm coming to realize. I've never exited the season of trial knowing less about Christ. It's always more. He ALWAYS entrusts more of Himself to me through seasons of trial. Always.

That's the feeling that settled deep within my heart as I prayed through the rooms of the empty house Friday morning. I remembered the passage from Job that so many proclaimed over me in the beginning of this last trial.

Joel 2:23-27
Be glad, people of Zion,
rejoice in the LORD your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains
because he is faithful.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains, as before.
The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—
the great locust and the young locust,
the other locusts and the locust swarm—
my great army that I sent among you.
You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,
and you will praise the name of the LORD your God,
who has worked wonders for you;
never again will my people be shamed.
Then you will know that I am in Israel,
that I am the LORD your God,
and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.




This is why I study God's Word. His promises are comforting to a weary heart. They bring about hope, peace, and joy in the midst of turmoil. Thank you, Lord, for repaying what the locusts have eaten. How my heart loves you so!



4 comments:

Lori said...

I LOVE your attitude/gratitude towards trials and blessings! You are always my inspiration! I am also SUPER excited about your new home! It looks amazing so far and I know that you will make it picture perfect before all is said and done!

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog. It is so uplifting and inspiring. I had a random question...what paint color did you use for you walls? :)

Waiting for Bulgaria said...

Beautiful. Both the post and the kitchen :). But in all seriousness, I needed to hear (or read) that passage this morning. Thank you for once again sharing your heart.

Anonymous said...

I needed that reminder this morning, Lindsey. Thank you. Blessings to you in your new home and next steps.