Lately I have been sitting in Romans 8. The Lord just keeps on showing me more and more of Himself and His great plan for us all. As I think about all of the different things the Lord is teaching me right now through His refining fire- chipping away at places that need to be molded for His purposes- I am so comforted by all of Romans 8. The mind stayed on the Spirit will walk in the Spirit. Hope that is seen is not hope at all. All creation is crying out for Him. The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness and prays for us with groanings too deep for words. He is the only one who is able to make something out of nothing. I love that about Him. He is enough. For all my weaknesses, fears, and insufficiencies, He is enough. And I am so grateful.
Yesterday I finished rereading one of my favorite memoirs, Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist. The last time I read it, I had been in Mexico for only about a month, and everything was bittersweet because I was enjoying my new life but still full of so much uncertainty, unsure of my new place. And as I read it this time, I thought about all the wonderful things that the Lord has done in me while I have been here and how hard it will be to leave this place. And yet at the same time I know He is preparing my heart. I underlined this quote the last time I read the book, and I found that it struck me again yesterday:
This is what I know: God can make something beautiful out of anything, out of darkness and trash and broken bones. He can shine light into even the blackest night, and he leaves glimpses of hope all around us. An oyster, a sliver of moon, one new bud on a black branch, a perfect tender shoot of asparagus, fighting up through the dirt for the spring sun. New life and new beauty are all around us, waiting to be discovered, waiting to be seen.
The word the Lord gave me for this year is trust. And every single day, He shows me that He is trustworthy. So I'll just keep walking in that truth. He is worthy of my trust.
On a completely random aside, I cannot believe that Whitney Houston is no longer with us. She was seriously one of my favorite singers when I was younger; I used to perform concerts of her songs for my family. Anyways, love this song. Not as well known by her but probably my favorite.