“So being in a new job, out of my friends comfort zone at university, without my best friend and with a family who were also broken (and also celebrating) I felt like the rug under my feet had just been completely ripped out in the space of a week!” [Read the rest of Part 1 here]
We are to be undone by the love, grace and mercy of our God
Before I went through this season, I had honestly never really dealt with anything major. I had an amazing childhood and always knew that God was good and he loved me and had saved me but what became very clear in the early days of the season I was going through was that I needed to know this in my heart, not just in my head.
When I called on His name, He was there in an instant. For a while I honestly felt like I was walking in a bubble of love, I felt totally wrapped up and cushioned. I absolutely knew I was being taken care of.
I didn’t know how things were going to pan out but I knew God was walking each step of every day with me. Everything I read or listened to at the time was like I was reading it for the first time and God was speaking directly to me.
There’s a talk by a guy called Carl Lenz who is a Pastor at Hillsong in New York called ‘Praise can be a problem for your problem’ (and he says that in a much cooler American accent than I can).
The whole essence of his talk is that when we are facing tough times in life and we don’t praise God through it, the fact we are not praising Him now becomes a problem for your problem.
In other words God remains the same, His character of love, and mercy is the same, His grace towards us on the cross is the same. He is the same God you were praising at the top of the mountain, to in the valley.
Walking through that season in the valley, the days were tough and the nights were long but I knew He wanted me to look beyond what I was facing and know that He is still there and praise Him for that.
God wants us to be continually undone by His amazing love, grace, and mercy towards us.