Monday, April 11, 2011

the spacious place

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delights in me.

Psalm 18:16-19

Life's journey takes us through many places. There are deserts, where our souls feel dry and dead, where we wander, searching, sometimes aimless, always desperate for a reviving drink. There are forests - dark and tangled and twisted, full of fear and anxiety and sinister dread. There are mountain tops - oh, how we love the mountain tops! Those moments when life couldn't get any better, where we feel elation, satisfaction, and peace. And then, the valleys - deep, dark, and depressing. We wander in and out of all of these places. Sometimes, we seem to be in two places at once.

And then, there is the spacious place.

This is where God brings us when he leads us out of the dark, out of the desert, out of the valley. Here, he shows us the fruit of his work in us. We see glimpses of purpose in our wandering and waiting. We see how his hand has been at work.

In the spacious place, we have freedom. Room to move. A chance to breathe. We can kick up our heels and dance before his throne. We can shout his praises at the top of our lungs. It's our space. There's room to spare.

That's what this blog is all about. Here you will find encouragement for your journey. Whatever your season of life, wherever you are wandering at this moment, I hope that on these pages, you will find the hope that comes only from knowing and following Jesus Christ. He calls you up. He calls you out. Because, my friends, he delights in you.

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