Lately I have been writing about the mess that we find so often in life–walking and leading through shades of grey, closed doors, new opportunities, and stepping out in faith. And, quite honestly, I have been learning that this mess was designed to help us grow and reach our full potential so that we can thrive. Think back to a time when you felt lost in the mess of life…how did you feel while you were in the dark?–how did you feel when you came out? This mess brings us to a point in our lives where we aren’t where we were, but not yet where we want to be. In this land of between we must choose to trust God so that He can grow us up!
Living in these moments sure isn’t easy though. It is easy to write about…to sing about…to dream and think about; but when we get right down to it, why is it that we struggle just living in the mess? Why do we feel like we need to take back the reins of life and figure everything out? I believe it all boils down to two things: 1) we aren’t trusting God, and 2) we haven’t truly experienced the magnitude of His love.
The love of Jesus Christ is not from some Hollywood chick flick. The love of Christ is never-ending. His love is all-consuming and powerful. His love celebrates weakness because in our weakness we have the opportunity to bring glory to His Name. His love never leaves–even when we are angry, hurt, and confused. His love doesn’t give up on us. His love is so great that He sent His only Son to die to save us (John 3:16). His love fills us, completes us, redeems us. His love guides us. His love is indescribable.
If we truly take the time to sit in the magnitude of His tremendous love for us and just try to think about how much He loves us, I can guarantee you that you won’t be able to walk away unchanged.
The song below is a “celebration of weakness and anger and of a God who would hang with us through those things despite who we are.”
How He Loves : A Song Story from john mark mcmillan on Vimeo.
Emily Cummins is a University of Florida & College of Central Florida grad who is passionate about partnering with people to become who they were made to be. Emily is the Online Campus Pastor at Church of Hope in Ocala, Florida. She’s passionate about storytelling, good cups of coffee, and jamming to country music. And most importantly, she’s passionately pursuing becoming the woman God made her to be.