To be completely honest, I expected a grand revelatory experience there among the clutter of trees and electric yellow birds and crystalline (sometimes red) lakes...and I didn't have one. I kept waiting to be smacked in the face by spiritual understanding, or brought to my knees in unprecedented awe, and I never was.
If there is no hardship, no opposition, there can be no victory. To have victory is to overcome challenge,
pain and strife. Victories give us confidence, they give us strength to keep going. So why are we so quick
to shy away from the pain and discomfort of a challenge? It’s all in our perspective.
When we spend time reflecting on Creation, we can see and encounter God
If you allow people to validate you due to your abilities, you give them just as much permission to invalidate you when you’re incapable.
Seasons are necessary for growth and adventure with God.
The extravagant joy of true freedom saturated me for the first time, and I knew in the deepest parts of myself that I was forgiven, because I could feel it!
And then, I stopped feeling it.
How can I live in a conscious awareness of God’s presence? How can I do life with God?
What laid ahead of me was uncertainty, impossibility, and challenge. My previous life experience was telling me that I’m stupid for walking further and further away from the safety and comfortability of the shores, but I just knew that I couldn’t live in the boundaries of the familiar any more.
And we begin to doubt God’s goodness; the most commonly whispered lie of the Enemy. The lie that God is not good.
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