Can I begin to imagine?

Spent this weekend at Camp Calvary in Markville, Kentucky at their fall their ladies' retreat.  Our conversation centered around the understanding of the how our God loves and pursues us. 

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10 

On Saturday morning during a time a personal reflection and prayer, time I shared these thoughts...  Thinking through this today reminded me of the joy of singing over my four children when they were babies.  Sometimes there was just a hushed humming to help settle or soothe them. They recognized my voice and were often calmed just because they knew they were safe.  Although I was their mother, there were times that I didn't know what they needed or even how to comfort them.  Thankfully, we are children to the Heavenly Father that knows our name and our every need. 

Can I begin to imagine?

Inspired by the death of his father, Bart Millard wrote the song “I Can Only Imagine” in 1999.  His aim was simply to consider what it would be like in Heaven and to be standing before God.   The chorus brings to my mind both overwhelming joy with exhilaration alongside such humbling moments of quiet bowing in reverence to the King of Kings.   

Surrounded by You glory What will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus Or in awe of You be still
Will I stand in your presence Or to my knees will I fall
                       Will I sing hallelujah Will I be able to speak at all
                                        I can only imagine

As we consider the relentless strength of our loving, pursuing Heavenly Father, I am once more drawn to His glorious mercy and grace along with His determined plan to love us with an everlasting love.
Zephaniah was a prophet during the reign of King Josiah whose message began with wrath and judgment … and then: the clear call of hope.  Hope through the ONE GOD who offers restoration to the people HE pursues… His children… including you and me. 

As you quietly sit with the Lord in these moments, allow these words from Zephaniah 3:17 to encourage you, to comfort you, to remind you, to cover you with simply HIS great love.

You may feel lonely today… “The Lord your God is with you.
You may feel defeated today… the Mighty Warrior who saves
You may feel overlooked today… He will take great delight in you.
You may feel judged … in His love He will no longer rebuke you
You may feel worthless… but [He] will rejoice over you with singing.”

Allow the thoughts of the Lord your God, the Mighty Warrior, the ONE who spoke the universe in existence, the ONE  who delights in you…
to guide you to simply hear His voice singing over you…

                                  Can you only imagine?

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