Today, as another day begins, I am reminded of the gift of new beginnings each day. To look out and see the sky illuminated with the sun rising and cascading colors from orange to blue, I am amazed. (God is definitely a Gator!)
He reminds me with this beauty, this undeserved luxury, and this re-energizes me. It inspires me all over again to see the beauty of the heart in each of God's people, regardless of the background, culture, differences or similarities. The irony is watching God's sunrise over Basra, and realizing there is an overwhelmingly large population of people right below us that do not know the love of Christ. I am thankful as well as inspired by my friend's courage to reach others in the Muslim community.
This vision of beauty in creation brings me back to of our first night in Haiti last year, sitting under the same stars, but in a completely different world, engulfed in the intoxicating environment of New Life orphanage in Port au Prince. The memory is almost tangible.. to see the stars, hold the children in my lap, worship the One true God, sing Chris Tomlin songs, and enjoy the abundance of life in that moment... it was such a gift.
My prayer is that God continue to liberate my thoughts and misconceptions, transform my heart, and continue to guide me to take the next leap of faith He has planned for me. I urge you to follow God's call and experience the greatness He has planned for you as well. In one of Craig Groeschel's sermons, he urges, "You will never know Great if you don't let go of good enough."
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV)
What good do you need to let go so that God can show you better?