The Big Picture

Thursday, February 26, 2015

So often all I see is the here and now.
I get side tracked.
I get stuck on tunnel vision.
I forget about life outside of myself.
I forget who's in charge.
I forget the Big Picture.

Life recently though has had some tough, harsh lessons.
The death of loved ones.
The inescapable reality of horrible diseases, cancers, and things like brain tumors.
The realization once again that I am not in control.

And yet in the valleys there is a sweet presence.
A reminder in subtle, but powerful ways that I am not alone.
A strength that has come in the midst of what seems to be a long, hard, winter season. 
Peace. A peace that passes all understanding.

I can honestly say the last month has been trying for so many reasons and has brought with it some really hard mountains to climb, and there are unknowns ahead that bring worry. I have been reminded in it all that I am not in control, and even when I am lost in myself, my anxiety, my worry, my fear, my hurt, that there is a God who sees the big picture. Who can see each and every step and who loves me enough to walk beside me in it all. 

When I think I know what's best, I have gently been reminded that He has a plan and that He has been putting all the pieces together, and that He knows best.

I have been reminded of my need for a Savior. My need for forgiveness and grace. My need for peace in the midst of unknowns. My need to completely trust Him. 

Searching for Hope

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Music is something I don't think I could ever live without.
It's amazing how lyrics can say things we can never put into our own words.
Lyrics and the melody of songs can take us back to sweet memories.
It is powerful.
This week, I have listened to this song relentlessly.
The words to this song ring so true in my heart right now.
It is encouraging.
It has brought hope this week.
It has brought peace and a reminder of the promise that we are never alone, even when we are walking through the valley.

I am thankful for this promise.
This hope.
This truth.

While we don't always understand why the Lord works the way He does, I have been reminded this week of His mighty yet gentle leading, and his faithfulness to us in each and every situation that we are in.

To my church family. For all of us that are hurting, praying, and walking through this journey together, it is my prayer that this song would speak life, truth, healing, and peace in the midst of these days. 
I am thankful that we don't have to walk this road alone and that we were called to do this crazy thing called 'life' together. 

"So be truly Glad, there is wonderful joy ahead. Even though you have to endure many trials for a little while." 
1 Peter 1:6

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