Updated: Feb 1, 2022
Last week I woke up early to sneak into the coffee shop before it got too crowded, and I walked outside to find my car covered in wonderfully distinguished snowflakes.
I was in a hurry, I was thinking of all the things that needed to be done, all the words that needed to be written (including these), and all the problems I had seen by scrolling through social media before crawling out of bed that morning.
Something shifted when I saw these snowflakes frozen in place. I saw their unassuming yet beautiful existence, and I couldn't help but wonder: why am I in such a rush? Why can I not stop to see the snowflakes, to appreciate beauty and gentleness in its natural state without feeling the need to fix or enhance it?
So, can we take a moment to slow down and simply remind ourselves of who God is and who He says we are?
We could talk about the pandemic, the problems, the politics, and the people who don’t agree with us. But I’m quite frankly tired of hearing about those things. Let me be clear, this is not me ignoring or avoiding what exists in our reality right now. This is me asking if we can, just for a few moments, breathe in and breathe out only good things.
Can we take a moment to recognize our tenacity, the courage in our pursuit of doing the right thing, and the truth of our identity remaining intact by the God who holds all things together?
May we speak these truths about ourselves:
I am still alive for good reason.
I am wanted and welcomed by God Himself.
I am brave for facing difficult days.
I am strong by the grace of God resting on me.
I am enough through Christ in me.
I am wonderfully made, being the workmanship of the Creator of the world.
I am wholly seen and wholly loved by God.
I am here, and so is God.
I am. Because God has made me so.
May we speak these truths about God:
God is kind.
God is wise.
God is present.
God is love.
God is sustainer.
God is provider.
God is mighty.
God is righteous.
God is holy.
God is defender.
God is gracious.
And still He is more.
Come what may, these truths will stand firm and secure for our hope to rest upon. May we speak them and let them settle into our hearts.
The phrase I have been repeating to myself recently is this: God is good and good to me.
He is good because it is His very nature, His unchanging character. And He is good to me. Personally, specifically, entirely good to me.
Maybe there is one truth that grips you today. May you lean in, and may it lead you to know the heart of God all the more.
There are times for deep reflections and life changing lessons. This is not one of them. Right now there is only the gentle grace of a moment spent remembering who God is and who we are in Christ:
Loved. Chosen. Adopted. Held. Sustained. Forgiven. Accepted.
Breathe in, breathe out.
This is me. This is you.
Praise be to God.