Monday, August 6, 2012

Big God

It’s been awhile since I’ve been here. I made the mistake of neglecting to mention several weeks ago that I’d be offline… 
but you probably figured that out by now! 

I flew home this past Friday after being away for about sixteen days … sixteen packed and eventful days which I have only just begun to start processing. The She Speaks conference, a beautiful wedding, fellowship with special loved ones … and all of the blessings before, after, and in between. Like, crazy blessings. I could easily write dozens of blog posts just from the events of the past two and a half weeks and I’m sure that I will share various things in detail in the near future. (I would've written more today but I had to first sort through a few hundred emails this morning...)  So many things have taken place in a short time and much is still marinating in my heart and mind. 

I am blown away at all the Lord has done – not just in the past few weeks, but throughout this entire year.  The title of my first blog post of 2012 was Think Big. That was the message ringing loudly in my spirit. I had no idea what that meant, but I just knew I needed to think bigger...

“Though I am not at all clear on what God has 
planned for 2012, I know that, because He is a big God, 
I am anticipating greatness and positioning myself for big things. Will there be moments of difficulty in the new year? Absolutely. But in all the difficulties prior, 
I’ve seen my big God show up so 
He’s guaranteed to do it again.” 
(Think Big, January 1, 2012)

God was preparing me for what was to come. There certainly were moments of difficulty this year. Immense difficulty. But in every circumstance, God has been near, showing Himself to be faithful in greater measures. There have also been moments of great blessings, far beyond anything I could’ve asked for or imagined. In both the good and the not-so-good, I have come to see and know my big God in a bigger way. 

I have a lot I'll be writing about in the next few days and weeks - blessings, confirmations, and new endeavors. I've only just begun to really process them all but I'm eager to share what God is doing. In the interim, I found today to be the perfect day to go back and read that post from the beginning of the year. I sit back and marvel at the greatness of my God...  

"Sing, barren woman, who has never had a baby.
Fill the air with song, you who've never experienced childbirth!
You're ending up with far more children
than all those childbearing women." God says so!
"Clear lots of ground for your tents!
Make your tents large. Spread out! THINK BIG!
Use plenty of rope,
drive the tent pegs deep.
You're going to need lots of elbow room
for your growing family.
You're going to take over whole nations;
you're going to resettle abandoned cities.
Don't be afraid—you're not going to be embarrassed.
Don't hold back—you're not going to come up short.
You'll forget all about the humiliations of your youth,
and the indignities of being a widow will fade from memory.
For your Maker is your bridegroom,
his name, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel,
known as God of the whole earth.
You were like an abandoned wife, devastated with grief,
and God welcomed you back,
Like a woman married young
and then left," says your God.
Your Redeemer God says:
"I left you, but only for a moment.
Now, with enormous compassion, I'm bringing you back.
In an outburst of anger I turned my back on you—
but only for a moment.
It's with lasting love
that I'm tenderly caring for you.
- Isaiah 54:1-8 [The Message]

Take a moment and reflect on God's greatness. How have you experienced Him in a greater way recently?

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