As I was looking through my blog, I rediscovered this post. I love how God will use my writing to challenge me. I originally wrote this at the very end of October 2012. A few things have changed in my life since then. I’ve written a couple more books. I’ve been earning another degree. I’ve made the decision about my law practice and God continues to evolve it. Through it all, the truth in this verse resonates. I hope you take a moment to read and reflect on how God delights to rescue you and bring you to a spacious place.
Monday meditations. It’s been awhile since I’ve had one of these. The last few days I’ve been thinking about Psalm 18:19:
He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.
Often I think we feel trapped by life. By our circumstances. By the space between our dreams and our reality. By the sin we can’t let go of. By the way we long to act and the way we really do. By the way we want to love like Christ, and the reality of loving in the depth of our humaness.
Can anybody relate?
Sometimes our dreams become the source of our captivity. Right now I’m under two very tight deadlines. Yes, I could have said no. But I didn’t. I want to write both books. Still they loom large over my life right now. I’m pretty convinced that isn’t what God intended. I’m also in the midst of a choice regarding where and how I practice law. So this verse speaks loudly to me.
It reinforces that God is for me. Why else would He delight in rescuing me?
Not only does He delight in rescuing me, but He takes me to a place that is spacious. Let that word roll around your thoughts. He’s not boxed in by my perceptions, my talents, my reality. He sees through the things that trap me to a place of freedom and room to move. He sees what could be and then moves me to a place where that’s possible.
He’s brought me out of the quandary of wondering where He is. He’s delivered me from the mire of sin. He’s moved me to a place where my biggest dreams are too small to match His vision.
How has God moved you to a spacious place? And to a spacious place you couldn’t begin to imagine before He moved you?