The Lord our God is ever faithful | Never changing through the ages | From this darkness, He will lead us | And forever we will say, “You’re the Lord our God!”
I’ve been singing the praises of God’s faithfulness all week long! I am at a complete loss for adequate words to express the goodness of God that I’ve experienced this past month. Every time I pause to reflect on it, I am overcome with emotion and extreme gratitude that God has so intentionally poured His love and grace on me. Quite honestly, I feel like words might somehow mar the glorious strokes of faithfulness God has so graciously painted on the canvas of my life.
Thirty days ago I began an intentional journey with God in which I would be seeking Him to do a seemingly impossible task. I went into it with no other expectation except for God to do immeasurably more.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21, ESV
Many of us are familiar with this text, but this is the passage on which I’ve set my anchor of faith for this year. Underneath this banner, I’ve placed a heavy demand on God to do more than I could ever ask or dare imagine to happen in and through my life. I have a very vivid imagination, so it’s sometimes hard to believe that God can outdo my dreams… Somehow I think I’d forgotten that I’m a dreamer because my Father is… God is the biggest dreamer of them all. And when I say that God has outdone me I mean He’s superseded my expectations in ways only the Creator of the universe can.
You will command the highest praise | Yours is the name above all names | You stand alone | I stand amazed. Jesus, only Jesus.
My community and friends are aware that I originally took this sabbatical so that I could complete my first novel. I have, indeed, begun that great work but I did not meet my goal to finish it in 30 days. At the end of my 30 days, I realized that God had more — immeasurably more — in mind for this past month. As I reached day 30, I was riding in the car with my friend when she looked at me and said, “Jeida, you thought you would be writing your story in 30 days, but God said, ‘No, I’m going to be writing your story in 30 days.’” When she said that, I felt my heart leap in my chest and I realized that she couldn’t have been more accurate. God is changing me, changing my life, changing my circumstances… all for His glory.
This is brief check-in to simply say that God is FAITHFUL! He is so faithful. Right now I am on a journey into the depths of what God has presented to me…and it’s beautifully crafted for me. And He was dreaming of these things for me before I had the capacity to desire them. I’m not the same woman I was 30 days ago…and it’s because I allowed God to do immeasurably more in my life. And, do you know what? He’s only just begun!
Here’s to 30 more days!