The Bible says that God IS Love. Often apart from Him we flounder, we struggle, and we lose hope. However, when we take on life listening to His voice, we find purpose, joy, and peace in ALL circumstances. This week 2015 Mercy graduate Lindsay provides a beautiful testimony of not only choosing to love, but actually choosing Love.
It seems that each week God is using a different song to further illustrate what He is teaching me. This week it is a song by Francesca Battistelli. Here are the lyrics that were grabbing my heart:
So I’m gonna choose to reach out, choose to lay down all the fear that I’ve been hiding. Choose to be brave, though my heart’s afraid, to be a part of your kingdom rising. God I’m done running from the reason you sent your Son, so I will choose love. Well it’s always a risk, it’s always a dare, but it’s a far more dangerous to listen to fear. But it’s a beautiful thing, to know and be known. Yeah there’s a whole life outside of my comfort zone.
God revealed to me before 2016 even started that this year was going to be about trusting Him to give me His strength. This new life He has given me at times feels so beyond me, but because of my relationship with Him and having His truth as my foundation, I can take what I like to call “faith risks.”
Everything about my life since Mercy has felt like a faith risk. As I left Mercy, I kept thinking, “Who moves to a city where they know no one and is moving because she feels led to go to a certain graduate school and hasn’t even been accepted yet, and doesn’t have any idea where she will work or where to find a longer-term place to live?” If anyone would have asked me what I thought about his/her plans to do this, I probably would have had many concerns and reasons why it was not a good idea. But God prepared me that He was going to ask me to take these faith risks. Now, I would never have just chosen to do these things on my own free will, but my spirit knew this was what God was asking me to do, so I had to take each risk a step at a time by faith.
I remember boarding a flight to this brand new city around 5:00 a.m. in the morning, and I didn’t know if I should be laughing, crying…or maybe just sleeping! As we started our descent, I began thinking “This is it. I am stepping into the next season God has called me to.” I was excited, and still quite terrified, because the only “known” I had in this new place was Jesus. He gave me the bravery I needed to take these steps, and along with both the highs and low, this journey has looked nothing how I thought it would or expected…
But even on my hardest days I can say – “This is so much better than I could have ever imagined.”