Yesterday as I was driving home from dropping the girls off at school the mist was so thick that I couldn't see the usual landmarks around me. It reminded me of an experience I had in February this year where we drove right past massive sand dunes on a beach I'd been wanting to visit, but could not see them at all. I could hear the waves crashing on the beach, smell the sea sea air, even feel the soft beach sand in between my toes, but I could not see it even though I was looking straight at it. It was hidden. In this moment God began to speak to my heart.
In the book of Ephesians in the Bible, we read over and over the amazing promises that we have when we are "hidden in Christ Jesus". God expresses His heart so beautifully of why He calls us to become His children. We read about the kind of Father that He is ... how He adopts us into His family to lavish His grace, love, acceptance, forgiveness, freedom, and every spiritual blessing into our lives. I am always so humbled that this indescribable God who created the universe saves us and calls us into His family, not when we are perfect ... but when we are still held captive as slaves to our sins (see Ephesians 2:4+5). His love is what transforms and frees us, not His anger and disgust at our weakness and sinfulness. His grace is what moves our hearts to change.
I share all of this to share the picture that God showed me through the mist. This amazing God, with all of His amazing promises spoken over us throughout the Bible is the very One who overshadows our lives completely with ALL that He is when we surrender our lives over to Him. We become so hidden in Him, that His attributes are revealed when people look at us. Try as hard as the enemies to our peace may try to steal from us, they cannot steal from us without going through God first! God Himself ... who is Love personified covers you with His love and fullness.
Psalm 91:1-2 says "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, shall abide / rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
Today ... may you know that whatever you face, You can be overshadowed by the shadow of the ALMIGHTY One! Surrender your heart, situation, pain .... whatever it may be that has held you captive ... give it to the One who longs to overshadow your life with every good thing.
All my love,