‘I’ve never quit loving you…’

Last night, I walked home under the most stunning night sky (note the reoccurring theme of stunning-night-skies because I truly could sit out at night for an awfully long time and never be bored…) and had some much-needed time with God.

Time in His Presence is more important than anything else.

And some nights I remember it afresh before I even realise that it was becoming in any way forgotten.

My heart, unknowingly-hardened, is melted and humbled and softened afresh by the sweetness of Holy Spirit.

It is in that place that I find everything because He is everything.

It is in that place I find peace before He is my peace.

It is in that place that I find repentance and rest and restoration and intimacy and fulfilment and more than everything for all I could need or desire.

It is in that place that I am me.

Because I am with Him and I am whole.

I can’t get my heart meditation away from these verses I read in Jeremiah 31 the other week. I keep reading the Word each day but yet my heart is dwelling on these precious words in a clinging-kind-of-way.

So simple. Yet so cosmos-shifting. So small. Yet so life-transformingly-huge. So few. Yet so majestic-in-their-meaning.

God talking to Israel.

The message of God talking to us.

Israel, out looking for a place to rest, met God out looking for them. God told them, ‘I’ve never quit loving you and I never will. Expect love, love and more love! And so now I’ll start over with you and build you up again, dear virgin Israel. You’ll resume your singing…’

I love that. I love those words. I love that truth. I love our God.

And so last night I walked home under the most stunning night sky and had some much-needed time with Him.

And simply, my heart meditations, expressed in worship, landed in a song by Jason Upton. A song that I have held as precious since I first heard it in my teenage years.

So as short as this blog is, I’m going to leave you here. With these words and my prayer.

I tried to walk on the water, and found myself under the sea
So with water up my nose, I felt Your hand come close to save me
I’ve tried to cast out the demons, I’ve gone to the darkest of regions
When fear has me shaking You suddenly break in to save me

 

I desire, to be like You
Like any son or daughter, I want to be like my Father
I desire to be like You
You promised to never forsake me, so I’ll risk it all if You make me like You

 

You stand beside me just waiting, while I try to go it alone
Smiling You say, ‘Son come here, won’t you let me just help you?’
But frustrated I try to make it, ‘cause I’ve just got something to prove
Not knowing that it’s my weakness that perfects Your power

 

I desire, to be like You
Like any son or daughter, I want to be like my Father
I desire to be like You
You promised to never forsake me, so I’ll risk it all if You make me like You

 

Father make me just like You. Daddy make me just like You
Daddy make me just like You. I want to be more like You

Oh, and here are some photos from the last few days 🙂

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