“My soul waits in silence for God only, From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken” – Psalm 62:1
This week marks Sophie’s 3rd birthday. It seems as if both so much time has passed and so little. And as I reflect on her life this week, feel the ache for her more deeply I am reminded of all God has done in the past 3 years to transform our lives and our perspective and draw us into a deeper understanding of the gospel. I spent some time the other day reading in my journal what I had written on Feb. 14th of this year, 2 weeks before Jaden came into our lives. For truly from Him has come our salvation, our strength and He has and continues to redeem the broken pieces of our story.
If He can redeem our life from the pit. If He can transfer us from the dominion of darkness to the Kingdom of His beloved son, surely this loss, this devastation, this disappointment, this broken piece in my story that feels as if it shapes the whole CAN be redeemed far beyond what we could ask or think. For in saving us, in giving us eternal life He has already done the unimaginable.
If we think He can not or it is too hard to imagine any redemption coming out of the broken pieces of our lives then we know nothing of the cross. Then we know nothing of the redemption that has happened in the life of a believer because of the cross and the resurrection. And we must, we must press on to know the Lord. To know Him in His sufferings and to know Him in His resurrection for there and only there will we be able to say as Paul “I count all as loss compared to the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” He is God, the only God, the one true God who promises TOTAL restoration, TOTAL redemption. ALL THINGS NEW.
You cannot view your circumstances as redeemable unless you know, press in to know the redemption Christ has given you. What it means that HE is our SALVATION. Are you amazed at this? Shocked that God could take someone like you, someone like me and transfer our lives from DEATH to LIFE? Too often I take this for granted. I can not see the magnitude of what Christ, the crucified Christ did for me and what His resurrection accomplished. I see it through a little lens, out of focus. And as my eyes are stayed on Him in the valley and on the mountains, He expands my lens. He brings it into focus. He teaches me to wait on Him alone and as I wait, He reveals the wonders of His love moment by moment, day by day, ever drawing me into a fuller view of Himself that cannot help but shape how I view my circumstances.
“So TRUST in Him at all times O People… Pour out your heart before Him, God IS a refuge for us.” – Psalm 62:8