1 life colliding into an intimate relationship with our Creator

Holy Ground

“Take off your shoes, for you are standing on holy ground.” -Exodus 3:5

I’m in awe of God’s holiness. I understand that God is up close and personal; but there is something that is so majestic and mysterious about his holiness. Can you imagine being Moses, standing there as the God of his ancestors, the creator of anything and everything talked to him?

And it’s crazy because God is so holy, that even the ground on which Moses stood as he talked with God became too precious to have Moses’ shoes on. How mind boggling is that?!

And with God’s holiness is His goodness. You can’t be holy without being absolutely good and boy God sure is both.

I’m taken away with wonder of His presence. In God’s presence, loneliness becomes friendship and fear becomes courage.

I want to be in God’s presence, like Moses was, stand on holy ground.

I want friendship with God. Not just “Ah, yeah. God? I’ve heard of Him.” but like, “DUDE. Me and God are tight.”

Father,

Take me into Your presence, not because of who I am or because of what I have done but because of who You are and what Jesus did.

confusing..awesome

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” -Galatians 5:1(NIV)

This verse is so confusingly awesome.

I’ve read it many times, over and over again. I’ve always grasped a little bit of its meaning; but I’ve never really understood it fully.

It is for freedom that we have been set free.

The reason Christ set us free is so that we CAN be free. I know it sounds like I’m just repeating myself, but just think about it for a minute.

Jesus wants us to be free!

Free from the leeches of sin in our lives that destroy us! Free from past regrets and mistakes, free from bitterness!

And that is really cool of Jesus! He brings us freedom from this stuff that weighs us down and consumes our lives!

God’s heart.

I’ve been reading through Genesis and I came across the story of Jacob and Esau. Esau and Jacob were brothers; Jacob basically stole Esau’s birthright and his blessing from their father and Esau literally hated his brother for that.

 Jacob really messed up in his relationship with his brother and Jacob ended up fleeing the land that his family lived on!

So………fast forward a couple of years and Jacob ended up going BACK to the land that his family lived on!

He was going to meet his brother that he wronged many years ago, and he brought all these gifts for Esau as a peace offering because Jacob really didn’t leave his home on good terms!

And of course, you expect his brother to be all, ” Why are you back here? I HATE YOU. You did me wrong!” but just wait.

“Then Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming with his 400 men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and his two servant wives. He put the servant wives and their children at the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last.  Then Jacob went on ahead. As he approached his brother, he bowed to the ground seven times before him.” -Genesis 33:1-3

The anticipation of how Esau will respond to his brother is killer!

 “Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept. “-Genesis 33:4

!!!!

I totally see God’s heart in this story. I see what he is all about.

Restoration. Forgiveness.

I think back on all the times that I have sinned and messed up in my life; and I’ve been scared to go to God. I mean why go to God if He is going to scream at you and tell you how much you’ve wronged him.

But what I thought about God ^^ , isn’t who He is.

This is something I have slowly realized about God, His grace is just awesome.

The way that Esau reacted to his brother Jacob, is the way that God reacts to me and you.

God’s heart is forgiveness and grace and restoration.

all.

“Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” -Genesis 22:2

This is CRAZY.

Abraham’s son, Isaac, was supposed to play a HUGE part in fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham! How was Abraham supposed to have “descendants as numerous as the stars”, when God wanted him to sacrifice his only son?! I’m sure that thought crossed Abraham’s mind multiple times on his trip to the mountain.

If  you don’t know the rest of the story… Abraham took his son to the mountain and attempted to sacrifice him BUT an angel stopped him.

Then the angel said something that really caught my attention,  “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” (Genesis 22:12)

Abraham didn’t hold anything back from God.

Abraham was willing to sacrifice his only son.  His son was his hope. His hope for God’s promise to come to pass.

How trusting is that?

He gave it all to God.

I don’t have a direct point for this post, but I just want to think about this idea: Give everything you have to God. Your hopes and dreams, your fears and worries. Give it all. He’s got your back.

 

Name Changer.

“What’s more,” God told him, “I am changing your name. It is no longer ‘Abram’ (Exalted Father), but ‘Abraham’ (Father of Nations)–for that is what you will be. I have declared it.” Genesis 17:5

I’ve sung songs about God calling me by a “new name”, but I’ve never quite understood what it meant. I’ve always thought it was kind of strange for God to be like, “No, you do not look like a ‘Madison’, I shall call thee ‘Jessica’!”

But I get it now.

Names back then actually meant something. (Although names nowadays do too, most people aren’t named their name because of its meaning.) The names in Abraham’s day seemed to have power behind them, almost like they would become what their name was. When Abraham introduced himself to people, it’s not like they just heard him say “Hi, I’m Abraham”… they heard him say, “Hi, I’m ‘Father of Nations”.

How stinkin’ radical is that?!!

God saw Abram and knew that his name didn’t suffice for who he WAS going to be. He WAS going to be a father of nations.

I think that’s something cool about God. He gives us new names. New futures. He doesn’t see my past as who I am.

I have a new name!

I’m not the same person I used to be!

How cool is that?!

And it’s not like this whole “name changing” thing is Old Testament! Jesus changed Simon’s name too, “ Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” (Matthew 16:18)

I like that God’s a name changer.

 

 

 

Enoch

A few days ago, I was reading Genesis 5 and it started to list Adam and Eve’s descendants. And in the list of descendants, the story of Enoch is told.. in literally two sentences.

 Enoch lived 365 years, walking in close fellowship with God. Then one day he disappeared, because God took him.”  -Genesis 5:23-24

These few verses are LOADED. 

I mean who is this guy?! Why in the world isn’t there an entire book written about him in the Bible?! Enoch’s story is so mysterious. He walked closely with God and then God just took him home to heaven.. Enoch just disappeared. He was here, then he was gone! Seriously, there should have been at least a chapter written about him. 

It’s weird though because I wish I knew more about Enoch and his life, but I also kind of like the mysteriousness of his story. I like that his story is only two sentences. I like that his life story is thrown in the list of descendants as if it is no big deal that God took him to heaven. 

But seriously, when I get to heaven me and Enoch are going to have a nice loooong conversation about his life. 

 

 

Trees

“In the beginning God created..” -Genesis 1:1

God is a creator, he created, he is creative.

I have a few favorite trees that I always point out to my folks, literally EVERY time we drive past them. I think they are absolutely beautiful.

and God created them.

I wonder if He knew that I would flip out every time I see them.

It’s kind of cool to think of God as a creative genius.

He literally made something out of nothing.