Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I Can't Get Away....

No, I am not trying to escape....at ALL.

I can't get away from these words I read this morning....

"God will search the most horrible places for us. Not only will He save us from a life of sin, but He'll even wade through bitterness, pride, jealousy, anger and betrayal to rescue you!"

I was reading my friend Deidre's blog post for today. (If you haven't been following her February Month of Devotions - you should be!) And these words seem to echo in my head. It was if she was talking directly to me, reminding me of what the Lord had delivered me from, when I was in a deep pit, with only one thing to do, "Look Up" to HIM. 

He didn't have to search very far for me. Oh, He knew EXACTLY where I was. How I got there. How long I had been there. How far I would go. And then, I reached the end of ME. 

There I was, at the end of me, with no where to turn. I had tried to do it all on my own for years. My way. And I was nothing. Going nowhere fast. Useless. Unwanted. Terrified. Ugly. (just a few of my names at that time) Wallowing in self-pity. There was nowhere to look but up. And there HE WAS!! He lifted me out of that pit, and set me on a path to redemption, love, and grace. Once again HIS MERCY SAVED ME from that life of sin, sadness, brokenness, anger, unforgiveness, that I chose on my own, to love me and redeem me. 

I loved her post. It was so for me. A wonderful reminder of what God did for me. He loved me right where I was at that very moment. And He loves me right where I am today, right now. Even in the midst of trials and life. He will never leave me. He is always with me. 

Are you at a place, where you have no where to turn? Maybe you feel that you are not loved by a Holy God? The ONE true God? Oh, sure there are days I don't feel worthy of His love, and days I am just not enough. But, I do know this, HE DOES LOVE ME. He sent HIS Son to die for me. And that my friends, is more than enough! If you are at that place that you just don't know that God loves you..... join Raising Future Esthers  for the rest of this month as Deidre shares The Relentless, Transforming, Redeeming Love of God. (be sure to go back and read each day's post....you will not be disappointed!!)

And if you haven't read Hosea..... you really should. And if you want a good read that is  "A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea," Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.


Sharon Brobst said...

I just had to leave a comment! Yes, this!

"God will search the most horrible places for us. Not only will He save us from a life of sin, but He'll even wade through bitterness, pride, jealousy, anger and betrayal to rescue you!" Amen!! So true. Such a good reminder!

I also love hearing how God's redemption story and how He works it out in each of us. Powerful stuff...the power of our stories!

It's been awhile since I have visited Deidre...my need to go sit with her for a while.

And Redeeming Love... excellent book, I've read it 3 times and cry every single time! It is my story...and the story of so many others.

Thank you Piper! I will definitely be back for a visit!

Rashel Blank said...

That is a great book and gives us an awesome picture of God's love for us. I am so thankful He did not leave me where He found me and that He is not finished with me yet.
Thank you!

Jamie Oliver said...

I have an old, well-worn copy of Redeeming Love on my shelf too! I think Francine Rivers' writing is very powerful!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Andy Lee: Speaker, Author, Lover of God said...

I'm so tempted to get the tattoo "Redeemed." I need to be reminded of it every day. Thank you for a great post. Loved the title. You got me. :) I see you are a North Caroline Blogger. I'm in Wilmington; where are you? ~andy

Deidre said...

It's my favorite story (I know, I say that about all of them :) He searched horrible places for me! So thankful he doesn't give up and keeps coming after me!

Mel Caldicott said...

I love this book too and think I need to be reminded often of how much God's love pursues us. Great post.
Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays.
Mel from Essential Thing Devotions