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Sometimes it’s a great exercise to think back to where you were a year (or two, or three!) ago. Two years ago, I was struggling to find peace in a new church home. It was 100% my anxious heart that made that transition so tough for me, but it was a quicksand that felt endless at the time.
Just one year later, we were so plugged into that church and enjoying where God had us, but anxiously wondering where we’d be this time this year. Around this time Jacob started talking with the leaders of the church we now call home. We were caught in a very “almost, but not yet” stage, wondering where we’d be going. I was a month and a half into my first post-college office job, Jacob was working hard in a position he didn’t love and waiting to see where God would take us in his call to ministry.
Last year, I remember reflecting on the hardship that engulfed me just one year before. God had been teaching me quite the lesson in his faithfulness, despite my doubt. He took me somewhere that, frankly, I didn’t want to go, and I didn’t expect him to meet me there. But he did in hugely loving ways again and again. When we were contemplating moving to New England this time last year, I couldn’t help but think God had been preparing me for it all along.
He had already taught me that he will provide community, growth and opportunities to use our gifts wherever he took us. That was the biggest lesson I had learned. Now I get to look back at that time and confirm, to myself, that he has yet again provided those things.
We are knee deep in great community, students looking for something more and conversations and lessons that stir us to desire to know God more deeply.
Today I’m thankful, truly from the depths of my heart, that our God fulfills his promises. His love is so deep, even when we don’t want to believe it. His provision is coming, even when we don’t expect it (and despite even HOW we don’t expect it!).
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39
Wherever you are today – whatever stage you’re in, whether that’s one full of questions, full of doubt, full of faith, or full of thankfulness, he is with you. He is with you. He is with you.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. – Matthew 28:20
Draw near to him today, and hold that promise tighter than anything else. You are loved where you are, right now.