Sunday, April 27

When God Knows Your Secrets.

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I have a secret that I'm going to share with you.

Are you ready?  

Okay, here goes:  I've had a "girl-crush" on two women Christian authors for years.  I know this is a silly and even a little strange for a confession, but hang with me for a minute -- I promise it's worth it to read a bit further. 

These women dared to spill truth across the pages of their books, and I count them among a very small group of women who have shaped the trajectory of my life in a profound way.  And, if you find yourself on my short list of Important Women, then you should know that I am secretly a groupie, even if you are sure that you are extraordinarily ordinary (Mom, I'm talking to you).    

I'm not star-struck by the rich and famous and I'm certainly not star-struck by anyone in Hollywood, but, on a couple of occasions throughout the years I've laughingly talked about what would happen if I ever came face-to-face with Susie or Jen -- and it usually included something along the lines of swooning. My words were always spoken lightly and in jest, never with an expectation of actually meeting these women this side of Heaven. 

Until this year. I met Susie last fall -- and by "meeting" I mean that there is a photo floating around there somewhere in which she and I are in the same shot, both intentionally looking at the same camera and smiling. I look slightly terrified and extremely awkward, and while not my smoothest moment,  I did not swoon!

And then, this past weekend, I met Jen. And when I say "met," I mean that I spoke to her, I breathed the same air that she did, and I had the privilege of facilitating the Sisterhood Network Leadership luncheon for Minnesota's Bridging the Gap Conference -- and Jen was one of two remarkable women who shared.  

As I texted a friend that I was about to meet Jen (is anyone else as dorky as I am?!), it suddenly hit me: I had officially met the only two people on my list of "famous people" I've had on my mostly-secret list for years. And it all happened within a six month span. 

I teared up as that realization spread over me. God's love for us is so extravagant, so big, that he sometimes surprises us with even the silly, totally unnecessary desires of our heart. He answers prayers that we never prayed because we believed they were unworthy of his time. And, this weekend, he did that for me. As I prepared my blog post for this morning, I deleted what I was originally going to say because I needed to share this with you. 

God loves you -- LOVES you. His love is an extravagant love, if only you'll stop in the midst of running, of busyness, in the midst of the terrible storm you are walking through to recognize it, to look for it, to embrace it.

And when you suddenly realize that God has just answered your secret, silly heart desires, you need to shout it out. You need to stop and mark the occasion, just as the the children of Israel placed rocks at Gilgal to remember that the Lord stopped up the Jordan River so that they might cross (an amazing story, check it out: Joshua 3:14 - 17; 4:1-24). We need to remember these occasions so we can look back, remember, and then share these stories of God's abundant and undeserved favor with our children and with other women who need to be reminded of God's promises because their skies are currently filled with dark, ominous clouds.

Feel free to share one of your Gilgal moments -- of a time when God showed up in your life in a way bigger and more extravagant than anything you could have dreamed -- in the comments.  Your story may be exactly the encouragement another woman needs in her journey today. 

Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.   Ephesians 5:2 (MSG)

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1 comment :

  1. I LOVE this! I especially love how you said that "sometimes God surprises us with even the silly, totally unnecessary desires of our heart." That's so true! As for me, God showed me his love for me by bringing people like you to encourage me on Friday. Love you, girlfriend!

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