the climb

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“We go from glory to glory to glory.
We’ll never be the same,
we’ll never be the same.
We go from glory to glory to glory.
We’re forever changed.
Forever changed.”
(William Matthews)

Week before last, I climbed a mountain. A little over half way to the peak, I finally turned around to look at the view. I have never seen so much of the world in one glimpse. It was too much to take in. My head was quite literally in the clouds, and I was speechless.

God’s magnitude stood before me. Humbled by His glory, I felt small. In the midst of such littleness, God spoke loudly:

I am everywhere. I am around you and within you. I am above you and below you. 

There has never been a time that I have ever failed you.

I breathed in peace over every anxiety. The more peace I received, the more I realized how much I had been carrying. Why do we insist on carrying such a heavy load?

The thought of doubting God’s will, in this moment, seemed incomprehensible and silly. I felt confused by how often I find myself clenching on to the unnecessary weight of worry and distrust.

Truth be told, I can’t afford to distrust God, and neither can you. Our lives depend on trusting that He is who He says He is. This means trusting him with your past, your present, and your future – relying on His magnitude and praying from our littleness.

Thank you for everything, Lord.

This prayer fell out of my mouth with ease. I was stunned. Vulnerability and surrender hung in mid air as it fell again and again. Confidence grew alongside gratitude.

This is what entrustment feels like…

Gratitude for every step, whether I landed on solid ground or lost footing and fell.
Confidence that every wound would be glorified and praised.

“…indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us.” Romans 8:17-18

Jesus climbed the highest mountain. He carried our deepest shame. Now, He’s taking us higher.

 

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