Wooo hoo!!! I actually remembered my God-Sighting Saturday post this week!!! 🙂 While there are countless places I saw God this week, I wanted to focus on a couple ways I saw Him in/through His Word this week.
1. I’m thoroughly enjoying the current Short Course at First Trinity focusing on the I AM statements of Jesus. This past Monday we focused on the passage in John 8 where Jesus says, “I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.” What a blessing it was to gather with over 50 people and focus in on the truth of God being light in this dark, dark world. Even cooler, is that God calls US the light of the world as well.
2. Sharing the simplicity yet amazing-ness of Jesus’ love with the preschoolers at chapel. When you give God’s love away, there’s always more!
3. In my personal devotion time, I’ve been focusing in on various names for God. Three of the names I focused on this week (Rock, Support, and Fortress), came from 2 Samuel 22 where David is singing a song of praise to God. At first I struggled figuring out where I’ve seen God as “fortress” in my life. I get the concept but any thing I could think of seemed more like “Rock” or “Refuge”. After some reflection, and a visit to dictionary.com, I guess what stood out to me as different with fortress is that it’s a BIG thing… all the definitions were about whole fortified TOWNS. As I looked at other scriptures where God is called fortress, it was often connected with the words “rock” or strength”, at one point salvation itself is described as a fortress, it’s a place you go to in times of trouble, and it’s never closed to us. Suddenly as this all came together, it became so clear to me that God is often my fortress through people. He surrounds me, often with lots of people (thinking BIG), it’s especially evident in times of trouble, though is always there to go to. 🙂 Reflecting on how I needed God to reveal Himself to me in that specific day as refuge, I realized that GOD is my fortress so when I’m in Him, there is no need for me to worry about trying to protect myself. Instead, He calls me to live my life in the safety of HIS protection and simply be who He’s made me to be. Such freedom.
4. Deuteronomy 6:5-9 “Love the Lord Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. … talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up… write them on the doorframes of your houses…”