So many thoughts are bouncing around in my head and in my heart this morning. I’m not sure where to begin. As I mentioned in my last post, I just started Margaret Feinberg’s new Bible study, Fight Back with Joy. One activity participants are asked to do is write down three “joy bombs” every day–those things that have brought us joy (big or small). I love this assignment. What a simple way to remember the little things we see or hear or do that we may have a tendency to take for granted. I can already see how this “homework” is raising my gratitude-o-meter.
This morning, after reading Margaret’s suggestions to pray for God to open our eyes to where we are missing out on joy and for HIm to allow us to experience more of His joy, I found myself saying these words to God: Lord, just blow me away!
I paused for a second after I said it too. A memory came flooding back to me. A couple of years ago I wrote a guest post for my blogging friend, Joseph Iregbu. I called the post “Blow Me Away, Lord.” I couldn’t recall, exactly, what I had written about so after my quiet time this morning I decided to go back and read that post again. It was all about being “blown away” by how God works in our life, how He take us from one place in life and moves us some place else. You can read the entire post over at Joseph Iregbu’s place but here’s an except:
I look back at the timid little girl of my youth who was terrified of opening her mouth in public and who feared looking at her thoughts on paper and I often ask God:
“How do You do it, Lord? How do You take our biggest fears and use them for Your glory?”…
I am humbled every single day by how God can take the shattered pieces of my past and use it to encourage others who are hurting and in need of hope.
How do You do it, Lord?
I hope I never stop asking this question while living here on this earth. I pray God will continue to blow me away with His greatness. I love standing in wonder and in awe. I look forward to the day when I will understand fully, but in the meantime, I rejoice each time I catch a breathtaking glimpse of His greatness.
A few thoughts flooded my mind as I read through the list of ways God has blown me away.
- I thought about the daily joy bomb assignment I’m currently doing. We are only a couple of days in and it’s already increased my capacity to see God’s goodness in my life.
- I thought about the message at church on Sunday. We started a new series called The Exodus Revolution: A Journey from Then to Now. I wrote down a ton of takeaways, but here are a few:
-God works through movement.
-From – To
-God is forming people. Forming people requires moving people
-Life is a process, not an event. Life is about movement more than moments.
-Don’t underestimate the power of movement
-God is responsible for the movement but we are responsible for faithfulness in the moment.
- I thought about how I’ve gotten away from asking that question “How do you do it, Lord?” I am thankful for the reminder this morning…it’s questions like this that have the power to increase my capacity for joy. When we spend time meditating on His goodness and greatness joy and gratitude will flood our hearts. I recall a verse Margaret had us look up the other day in the Bible study:
“They feast on the abundance of your house. you give them a drink from your river of delights.”
I love that verse. I love the phrase a drink from your river of delights…for some reason it makes me think of one of those chocolate fountains…but with cascading coffee instead of chocolate. Or maybe both. 😉
Today, spend some time retracing your steps. Think back on those moments in your life when God has blown you away. I’d love to hear about them!