I'm a little late on my post for Five Minute Friday... Whoops! This week, the word is Need. I'm going to write for five minutes with very little editing.
//Need. I think we all say that we "need" things a lot. We need more money, we need a better job, we need, need, and need.
This week, I became very well acquainted with need... But this time, I needed my Heavenly Father. I was dependent upon Him for the strength to get through the next moment. In the midst of our greatest pains and heart aches of life, I'm learning that the Father is just so good.
He's always working for our benefit. He's always searching for ways to display His goodness to us, in us, and through us.
I thought I knew a lot about God. I grew up in church. And sure, I "knew" a lot. I had the head knowledge. I knew it in a very academic, clinical way. Sure, He's good. Sure, He's working to my benefit. Sure, He's faithful.
All this head knowledge that I've known has been moving straight to my heart, and it is hitting me square in the face. I've just been kind of overwhelmed by the goodness of the Father!
I knew He was good. I knew He's a comforter. I knew He's there and working for my benefit.
This past week has been filled with such sweet reminders and examples of just how incredible He is.
He is more beautiful than I could possibly imagine, more gentle than I deserve, and He is good.
He is good towards me. //
When we leave behind our comforts, it's often there, in that place of just raw dependence, we will begin to see His favor and grace and goodness.
When we step beyond our comfort zone, willingly or unwillingly, He begins to move.
I'm reminded of Psalm 63:1-3 (NLT). "O God, my God, I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary, and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself, how I praise you!"
Whatever your parched and weary land is today, be encouraged. The Father knows what you need. He is intimately aware of the intensity of your circumstances. You are seen. You are known. You are loved.