Just gonna ramble a little bit, bear with me:
This week I’ve started to learn what it means to stand on Christ as your rock amidst the storm of circumstances. Not that my circumstances have been bad—they haven’t been bad. But they’ve been different. I’m the type of person that likes familiarity, and over the past week….. every single thing has been unfamiliar.
I walked into a living situation with three roommates I didn’t know. I started a job in a new town with new employers and new gym clientele. I’m having to learn to navigate though a city I’ve only been to once in my adult life. I came down here not knowing a soul, so every encounter with every person has been new and unfamiliar………you get my point. Every little thing is different.
I am an anxious person by nature and tend to get overwhelmed easily—fortunately, I know this. And in knowing this, I’ve pressed into the Lord in advance before embarking on each day. Not that I didn’t have my quiet time back in Shreveport in the mornings—I did. But now it’s different. Now it’s not just something I need to do, it’s something I have to do. Being close to the Lord is my only way of maintaining my sanity. I am desperate for the work of Christ’s Spirit in my life in a much more profound way than I’ve ever been. He is–and has this week proven to be– my hope, my rock, my stability amongst instablity. I am so thankful for Him calming my soul this week and for broadening my vision beyond these circumstances to continue to see the bigger picture—the eternal picture. No matter where I’m at in this world, God is God—and the whole earth is His.
This has been the anchor of my soul lately: the unchangeableness of God’s goodness toward me in Christ. How I wish I saw this with clarity all of the time! But like most others, I get comfortable in life and get away from central point of the gospel. I get focused on other things, and in some way convince myself that those things are the reason for God’s goodness toward me. But the fact of the matter is that God is not “impressed” with me moving to a new city for the gospel or reading the Word and praying with diligence….. God is impressed with the finished work of Jesus Christ. And THAT is the basis of His goodness toward me and THAT is the reason that I can have a deep anchor of the soul that keeps me from being tossed to and fro by circumstances. However good, bad, familiar, or different those circumstances may be—however diligent, lazy, stubborn or prideful I may get at times—Christ, through His Cross, has secured me in the goodness of God. I am safe, protected, and immovable in the goodness of God. What an awesome, inspiring and comforting fact. It leaves me speechless.