Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2
Here we are entering into the second week of the Advent season, Christmas will soon be upon us and this year I wanted to purposefully celebrate Advent, to count down the days that lead up to our Savior’s birth, to really pay attention to the story that leads me here to this time of year that makes me expectant and full of peace and so very thankful.
I have been reading through Ann Voskamp’s book The Greatest Gift and as I look back over the words that she used to emphasize each day of the past week along with my notes, what I am loving as I purposefully embrace this season differently than in years before is that the Word of God is reminding me that everything, from the beginning, right on through points to Jesus. Everything in the Bible, all of it points to Him. Now I know that some of you are probably reading this and thinking, “Where have you been? Of course this is what the Bible does!” Can I just say, for me, this year I am taking it in, drinking deep the truth before me. God has pursued me since the very beginning of time.
He has called out to me – “Where are you?” And He has waited patiently, refusing to give up on me even when I wandered far from where He wanted me. He is calling me to rise up against the floods of life, the currents of this world that have tried to take me down and pull me under.
He is the hope I hold on to, the hope that keeps my eyes above the waves focused on a God who loves me and saved me. He has blessed me with laughter given me joy in the most abundant of ways, providing for me over and over again when I least expect it and when I most definitely don’t deserve it. He has given me a stairway to Him. A place of refuge; a gateway to something real and Holy and although all of this causes me to feel undone at the core of my being; undone because of His grace and love so abundantly poured out on me one so undeserving of this love, this grace.
But I am not. I am not undone. Instead I am taken in by Him, from the very beginning this was His desire for me. I am never undone because even though here on this side of heaven there is a storm raging, a storm to push through I have been touched by the peace of God, felt it close and He reminds me with every caress – You cannot be undone. Why? Because this is how His grace works. God is never absent, never impotent, never distant. You can never be undone.
God, your God, is leading the way; he’s fighting for you. Deuteronomy 1:29