His invitation

Promised presence, caring peace

My soul is rested

Watershed crossroads

Undivided commitment

Will I submit? Yes.

Welcome to my mess

When I invite the Lord to come, he always comes and never does less than I ask. What I invite him to is most often a mess. From Adam to me, God has compassionately worked messes into something that glorifies him.

Romans 8:28 NLT And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

What an amazing truth! And, furthermore, I notice the setting of verse 28 starts with the first words of verse 26.

Romans 8:26 NLT And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.

The Spirit of God helps me! Praying, working, leading, living…he is there! And, when I can only hold up messy hands, he is there as well to make something beautiful.

This reminds of me of the potter passages from Isaiah and Jeremiah:

Isaiah 29:16 NLT How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?

Isaiah 64:8-9 NLT And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. Don’t be so angry with us, LORD. Please don’t remember our sins forever. Look at us, we pray, and see that we are all your people.

Jeremiah 18:1-4 NLT
The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.

The painstaking work of my Lord to keep working with me…it’s hard to understand. Regardless of my comprehension, it is true.

Running free

But let me run loose and free, celebrating God ’s great work, Every bone in my body laughing, singing, “ God, there’s no one like you. Psalm 35:9

The greatest freedom is found within God’s boundaries. Freedom is not license. Though we speak of deserving the freedom to…what is really meant is freedom from restriction. We don’t like restrictions but deep inside we know they provide security. Within God’s fences, we are protected and free.

In Genesis, Adam and Eve were given every tree to enjoy except… They were naturally drawn to crossing God’s line, just as I am. When they did, everything was lost. I don’t want to fight God’s boundaries anymore. I want to run freely within them.

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Lord, help me enjoy and thrive in your enclosures for me. I want to run free within them, your boundaries. Thank you for knowing where and how to set the boundaries for me.