A revelation moment from today that I hope can encourage someone else. There are seasons for waiting, praying, and contending for things. God, in His goodness, encourages us to ask Him in order to build trust and relationship and give Him opportunity to transform us. God has been asking me during my particular season,"What do you want?" He has asked me this over and over, to which I have grown frustrated because I know that He knows the answer to that question. What I haven't realised is that every time He asks my heart has been changing, and today my answer was different. In the midst of waiting for His promises, I found myself simply missing Him. I've been spending so much time pondering on His "yes" or "no" and trying to make sure I'm ok with either one that I've actually been holding myself back from loving Him beyond His reply. Yes, He knows the desires of my heart, but He has been shaping in me a deeper desire--a desire for Himself. Not just what He does, but the pure nature of who He is. If He never did another "good thing" for me--if He somehow didn't come through, would I still have a heart that leans towards Him rather than away from Him? While He is no doubt faithful and true to His Word, I want to want Him more than His promises. I want to know Him more than what He will do for me. I want to be with Him more than just to see if He will come through. It is His presence that brings freedom--no matter where, when, or what circumstance. Where He is there is life, and He gives generously of Himself to all. He, in and of Himself, is enough.
Daniel 3:16-18 (help me out Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego)