My reflections today are a little on the simple side. I’m thinking about God’s work in my life. I know- sometimes stuff like this gets thrown around and we get used to it, but I’m very aware today about everything God’s up to. At the moment, I’m in DC as part of an incredible fellowship that I keep wondering how I stumbled into. The story of how I got here sounds just about as serendipitous as most of the stories of how I got anywhere I’ve been that was worth going- it’s not at all by my own merit. A series of coincidences and turns (that are characteristic of my life by now)- all way too conveniently ordered not to have been guided by God’s hand.To cut a long story short, I’ve found myself living in a lovely host family’s home, surrounded by some of the most genuine people I’ve met in a while, doing work that a Priscilla a few years ago would have felt incredibly I’ll-equipped for doing, and would have felt too inadequate to be given.
Besides the actual work I’m doing and the convenience of my living situation, however, I think the most striking thing for me right now is how timely my being here seems. I was talking to a friend yesterday and sharing with her how it just feels like I’m here right now and not last year (like I originally intended) because there’s something here for me for now. There are people here I was meant to meet and interact with who weren’t here last year. There are shifts that have happened in my mind that I needed to have happened before I was here. You could say that’s how everyone’s life in general unfolds, but I feel like I’m in a very pivotal season of my life- like some big shift is about to happen. Now if you know me, you know that I like to know how things are going to happen, right down to the finest detail, so being in this moment of unexplainable anticipation has me bobbing up and down in my car-seat asking God “Are we there yet?!”
The bottom line is, God’s at work. I’m in a space where I’m starkly aware of this, and I know I need to trust him. It’s a quite a simple thought, really, but I think it’s some of these simple thoughts that I constantly need to revisit in my journey with God. It’s easy to rationalize and explain how and why things unfold the way they do but quite frankly, my faith leads me to believe and know that everything I have is a gift from God. That everything I am is a work of the Holy Spirit. And everything I bring to this world and to the people around me is my tiny gift right back to Him in which he delights.
It’s a moment of assurance each time I am reminded that God is at work in me. He’s at work in the logistics of my life, he’s at work on the condition of my heart and he’s at work in the state of my spirit. This last bit is especially grounding for me.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
– Phillipians 1:6
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. – Philippians 2:13
What a beautiful thing this is- I’m God’s own special project. He’s putting time into my heart to make me give, love, live and see the world the way that he intends for me to. This assurance is carrying me into the week, and I’m so thrilled to have the space to share it with you. God’s at work- he loves who you are and is heavily involved in who you are becoming. So root yourself in him and take heart over this fact. You are held, you are loved, your steps are ordered by The Lord. So go forth confidently in his love and the security of his ever-abundant grace.
Have a lovely week!