I have to admit, it all went right over my head. Recently however, I have been connecting a few dots.
The thing that gets me most excited...even giddy...is seeing the Lord alive and active in the lives of those around me. THAT my friends, IS God's Glory! To quote Beth Moore, "God's Glory is the way He makes himself recognizable."
Today, on Thanksgiving I am thankful for God's Glory! He has been showing up big time around here!
The most recent example was on Sunday night (well, technically Monday morning. Gotta love the hours of campus ministry!).
Around midnight Greg got a text from a couple students asking if we were still awake and available to talk. When these two sweet girls walked into our apartment that night, it was evident that one of them had been crying.
As is so often the case...when we get to the point when we know that we cannot handle life on our own, we can see our need for the Savior the clearest.
"Cindy" described how lost she felt. She realized that the friends that she partied with were not really friends, that the guys she used to date really did not love or care about her. She recognized her need for the Lord, but at the same time she was scared that she was just beyond saving.
Doesn't your heart just break when you hear something like that?
That night Greg, Candace and I were able to tell "Cindy" about Grace. Unmerited favor. That we come to the Lord with nothing but brokenness, and in return the Lord does not give us what we deserve, but he gives us Jesus. To quote Candace accepting Grace "is the easiest and hardest thing to do".
Eph 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
Candace (a month-old believer)led her friend to the Lord that night.
Could you not do the "happy dance" in your chair right now?
No...strike that...I am going to change the name of that dance to the "Glory dance"!
The Lord is showing up...making himself know...and changing lives.
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.