I looked down over the waters. I listened to the leaves rustle and the wind echo across the lake and I wrestled with God.
Could He really be who He says He is? In the good times it is so easy to believe, but in the bad, could I really believe that God is good?
I’ve written (almost) every day in October because I wanted to encourage my friends (those of you I’ve met and those I haven’t!) to embrace the freedom to live boldly while being rooted in love. To trust that God made you for a purpose and to be brave to enter those waters, while knowing you have an anchor for your soul.
We live in tension. The push-pull of hearts leaping and feet firmly planted. The grace of today and the eternal hope we yearn for. The now and not yet.
As I watched the cold water roll into the creek, splashing rocks along the way, I pulled up my jacket collar over my red checks and wondered if there are places in our world or in my heart that God won’t go.
In dark times, light seems so elusive.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Romans 8:38]
Nothing can separate us from the love of God. No situation, no loss, no decision, no doubt — nothing.
When we are rooted in Jesus, we may falter, but we will never fall out of His reach.
Living free doesn’t mean living with reckless abandon. Living free means we can do hard things and we can trust what’s beyond our control because we have the privilege of hope.
Walk outside and revel in the fresh air. Let the sunshine hit your face and breathe in God’s goodness. Cast your cares on him because He. cares. for. you.
It’s time to live free.
This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here.