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into the wood

May 25, 2011

Imagine a forest. You are quickly surrounded by trees as you enter in. The further in you go, the darker it becomes – almost like dusk in the middle of the day. As the panic starts to rise (where am I going? how do I get back? can I get back?), you move deeper and deeper and the world around you never seems to change…trees and confusion.

But as you keep walking, a light appears. Small and insignificant it seems in this place. But you continue to move toward it. Something is pulling you in. Suddenly you step out into the middle of the wood – into a clearing – bright with the midday sun. The fears begin to shake off, the panic is gone.

A choice is given each day to move forward – towards God – to this seemingly small glimmer. Looking backwards only shows more trees, looking forward only shows the closest bit in front of you. It’s in moving on, following Him that moves us into this clearing, to the place where we are surrounded by His glory and beauty.

“In this spacious love of God, our souls can lie down and rest.” (S. Eldredge)

God continually woos us to this place – He hems us in and thwarts our efforts to go our way as we wander through the trees, until we finally have no choice but to look to Him. It is then that He leads us to the clearing.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save…” (Zephaniah 3:17)

Here those words: The Lord your God is in your midst
you are not alone in these woods
you are not wandering without a Guide
but you have to surrender to Him
You have to respond.

He longs to save you. To rescue you.
To capture your heart. Fully.
Just Respond.

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