The challenges of life can often take us away from two very important things: our identity and calling. Over the last few years, the Lord has been highlighting writing as an area for me to pursue. It has been a joy and a challenge at the same time. How much time do I devote to it? Is it reasonable to invest in it? Am I wasting my time? Am I doing enough? Will anything ever become of this? Perhaps you struggle with similar things in different areas of your life.
I must confess these thoughts have been swirling in my mind recently. As I write, I think I realize at least partially why these thoughts have been coming up recently. My schedule has been off. I evacuated Virginia for Hurricane Florence. And you know what? I totally got my eyes off of God! I was focused so much on the hurricane and just felt off with being out of town.
So, I’m writing this entry as an encouragement for you out there to reconnect with Your God, you identity, and your calling. When You remember who God is and who HE says you are, everything gets back in place.
We seek Him first and things come into place. Each and every time. I don’t mean to say this process happens overnight; yet, I have seen God do this very thing time and time again in both large and small scale ways. When I have gone back to Him as my first love, healing happens. Alignment happens. Focus happens. Good things come my way. I am better able to manage whatever trial I am facing.
So, as I write to the writer in me and to others struggling today to find their way back to their identity and calling- know who you are. Know who has called you. And rest secure that He has called you and will secure your path. You don’t need to know how it all ends. But HE does. So take heart, you who feel insecure or uncertain today. You’re doing just fine.
Imagine someone is completely compassionate with you, no matter your performance, your circumstances, your attitude, anything about you. They never stopped loving you no matter what you did wrong, how little you spoke with them, or how much distance you put between the two of you.
How would you feel?
At ease. Pursued. Loved. Safe. Enough.
I think these are things we all crave in our relationships. The real truth though is that no human being can truly provide these things. But, we have good news. Jesus Christ died to take away the barrier we have with Him and we get to have this unconditional love from Someone – He never stops loving us! Never. Not in a big mistake or a small misstep.
Just recently I felt frustrated with myself by a small misstep I made with the Lord. Honestly, I just felt bad for pulling away from Him in that situation. But then, I realized that shame was holding me away from the Lord, and shame is NOT from God! Shame magnifies our failings; God’s love magnifies His compassion for us.
So, what should we do when we realize we have distanced ourselves from the Lord or fallen into sin? Run back into His arms! Don’t wait! His compassion is great in all things, and He loves to take us back into His loving arms. Feel at ease. Pursued. Loved. Safe. Enough. Rest in the great compassion of our God.
Ever have one of those days you’re just feeling particularly insecure about yourself, your life, and the decisions you have been making? Well, I just had one of those recently, and it was tough. I stayed home to rest because I was run down, which was good for my body, but perhaps not my mind. I got in my head and started questioning things. Am I really doing what God wants me to be doing? Am I doing enough to better myself, grow, and heal? Am I making any headway? Will I ever accomplish what I desire? The questions go on. And on. And they boil down to a matter of security.
I needed to be reminded of simple truths – I am loved. I have worth and value apart from what I do. I have set my heart to follow God and am doing the best I can in what I feel called to do right now. I am secure in Christ because what HE did for ME. Not the other way around. Wow. If we could let that truth settle in ours hearts, how much more confident and secure could we be?
Lord, please remind us of the fundamental truths of our identity in You so that we can walk in confident freedom in You to do all You are asking of us in this season. And thank You that You will do more than we can ask or imagine or believe. In Jesus Name. Amen.