Summer swells with freedom. The lack of schedules and the lazy days are in full swing around here. I find so much delight in the freedom and yet also find myself a lot of days grasping through the summer haze for some semblance of a routine. Don’t get me wrong here, I love summer. But as is my relationship with my husband, Bobby; one of the traits I love most about him [his adventurous spirit] is at times the one thing that can frustrate me the most. So in these summer days I am desiring to lean into some routine, not only for my sanity, but for growth, depth, and Lord willing some life-transforming wisdom from the One and only provider of such grace.
In my walk with the Lord, as I’ve mentioned before, one piece that always leave me encouraged, convicted, and challenged, is the testimony that comes from the presence of the Lord with His people from ages long passed|God in their midst. In the midst of their wretchedness, pride, disobedience, selfishness, anger, and all around ungrateful hearts – His love never failed and eventually through His Son a love strong enough to conquer sin once and for all. So that in Christ, we are defined not by what we have done, but by what He did on our behalf. In hopes of seeing more of God’s abundant faithfulness I want to set out to humbly explore the life of some of those who, by His grace, are called Saints. Eight weeks (so small and yes, I know summer is longer – but let’s be real – life happens) to scratch at the surface of some of their lives in order to witness how God was glorified through their testimony.
My hope is that as we remember all the Lord has done, that His faithfulness would be on display and that our hearts would yearn more for the daily awareness of the work of His hands in our own lives. As Paul speaks in Ephesians 3:18-19:
“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God .”
Let us seek Christ to gain comprehension of such great gain. Come with me as we pursue these ordinary men and women who have passed through this world to one far better. And may our praises here be raised up to join the Saints who are bowing low in adoration of our King.
“And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
We did nothing to contribute to the gift of eternal life but I believe the Lord wants us to know without a doubt the power of His love. May we look at our own lives and see what has been made beautiful out of what seemed so broken. And sisters and brothers, as we continue to come up against the depths of our sin I pray we are moved closer by experiencing the depth of His grace!