Written before the earthquake sometime in April:
“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers…”
He is changing us.
This worldview we held. The lifestyle we knew & were familiar with. The way we defined success or failure. The things or works we placed our identity in.
All changed now.
“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you
the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,
having the eyes of your hearts enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you,
what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe…”
What is at the core of who you are? How do you define yourself?
Your job. Your school. Your family. Your friends. Your calling.
What if He called us to follow Him? Just Him and nothing else. He said to forsake everything else. Leave it all and follow Him. Place all of our identity in Him. All of it. Every morsel of what we have accomplished or constructed all goes away and all that is left is Him.
He’s changing us. Conforming us more to His image.
And it’s Him we are left with.
We speak like babies in our new language. We rely on others to help us navigate this place. We are redefining success. We are redefining how we view relationships. We are being redefined.
And there are times we resist change. Resist the person He could form us to be.
But what good is the resistance? He asked us to follow Him alone and we said yes a long long time ago. That doesn’t come at no cost. But it’s not just the two of us who will be changed because of Him. It’s all of us. It’s every one of us if we allow Him to conform us into His image.
There will be tough days—days where you feel like you have given up enough…have changed enough already. We are supposed to change though. We are supposed to grow and be molded by the Potter’s hands. We are supposed to follow Him…no matter what He presents before us.
“…according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:16-21)