Friday, 19 February 2010

oh the places you'll go!

Sunday night hit me smack between the eyes.
If you didn’t hear Simon's message on Sunday, I urge you to. Or listen to again. I certainly have.

I had the privilege of listening to it twice and each time God just went deeper with me.  That message was the reason I started this blog – and hearing it from Simon again was refreshing and challenging and has really spurred me on.

Last year was an incredibly difficult year events unforeseen took my over and turned my life upside down . I changed my situation but then  spent the majority of my time most feeling like the wounded laying in wait, not physically scarred but left with the memories and heartache of a war.  Ir was like 'Hana' had disappeared. I know my family and Matt felt that way.

But God.

Two of my favourite words in the whole New Testament. He began to pull me out of the treacle I was wading through.

‘He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
       he drew me out of deep waters.’ Psalm 18.

Since then He’s been grabbing me at every opportunity and stirring up something inside of me. Sometimes it’s been a loud shout and sometimes it’s been a whisper, but its been etching itself into every corner of my life, my waking day and my dreaming. It’s been constant, in the songs I’m listening to, the message’s I hear and the blog’s I stumble across.

‘I want you to live’.

It has led me to an insatiable desire to not be half-hearted with this life. To dream again. I want to be all that He called me to be. 

I'm a big Switchfoot fan. I love this lyric ~

'The tension is here, between who you are and who you could be. Between how it is and how it should be...I dare you to move' [Switchfoot: I dare you to move] 

One of things Simon said Sunday night was we can’t leave everything to Him and yet we can’t do everything in our own strength. But when we match our actions, dreams and determination with His incomparably great power, we’ve got an extremely strong force on our hands. 

Life begins at the intersection’ [Switchfoot: 'Faust, Midas and Myself]

 …at the place of decision, the place of choice. My decision is to do everything I can do and trust in Him completely.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
The same power that conquered the grave lives in me.