How often do I use the word “amazing” to describe You, Lord? Or to acknowledge Your attributes — like amazing Grace? At least once every day? Every hour???
Today, I looked up that word in Google’s online dictionary. Mostly, because You did it again yesterday — something amazing — and I wanted to savor the fullness of that word’s meaning.
“Amazing: Causing great wonder (surprise mingled with admiration caused by something beautiful, unexpected); astonishing (extremely impressive).”
Yep… that about sums it up!
I have been working with a precious client for awhile now, as she has sought clarity from You about her God-given “Sweet Spot.” The place where WHO You made her to BE intersects with WHAT You made her to DO… and nothing’s holding her back. She had a breakthrough yesterday, the magnitude of which neither one of us yet fully understands.
Just yesterday, You gave her a powerful Destiny statement that articulated the work You have set aside for her to do. When she spoke it out loud, she cried. In part, out of the intense gratitude she feels that You would use her to make such an eternal impact in people’s lives. And in part, out of her deep longing to experience that same difference more fully in her own life.
It was all about helping people break free from bondage — the bondage that results from believing the enemy’s lies.
“If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
Two weeks ago, before You gave her (or me) any of this understanding, You directed me to read a particular book. I had come across the title as I was reading yet another book on Your Summer Reading List for me. (Oh Lord, I feel like I am drinking out of a fire hose these days! I’m not sure I remember ever reading through eleven books at once, not even in grad school!)
I was about to go to Amazon to order the latest book You had assigned to me when You whispered: “Check your bookshelf.” So I did. And there it was! A book I had apparently purchased fifteen years ago, but had never read. A book that “just happened to” make its way here to Virginia with my other books. 🙂 So it would waiting on the shelf for me. Ready for me to pick it up and start reading it, the very moment You directed me to do so. And I did.
How could I have possibly known that this particular book — and the truths it holds — would be such a key resource for my dear client at this very time in her life? Why am I not surprised at its title?
The Bondage Breaker, by Neil Anderson.
Why am I not surprised that this particular book — and the truths it holds — would also be such a key resource for me, Lord, at this very time in my life?
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
I’m not surprised, Lord… and yet I am. Because here I am once again — in that beautiful, “take my breath away” place where I so often live. Where I am surprised, delighted, and full of wonder… because You are AMAZING!!!
“Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.” (Psalm 9:10)
Seeking You still,