Updated on October 2, 2012
I so often freeze when plans go “awry” from what I expected. The freeze is lifting from a decade-old jolt. Plenty has happened in that decade, hiding the freeze from the outside world–hiding the freeze even from myself.
But I was still frozen. The thaw comes. And as the cracking ice on a freshly thawing pond, there are some creaks and moans in the spiritual and physical realm.
I fell overwhelmed with what I have allowed in that ten-year freeze. But God…
“But God…” are mighty words.
“Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead.” –Acts 13:29-30
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.” –I Corinthians 3:6-7
“Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.” –Galatians 3:20
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:7-8
In my case, God knew I would thaw. And He knew I would feel failure. He knew that feeling of failure would create a sense of grief for years lost.
“So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the crawling locust the consuming locust, and the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.” –Joel 2:25
“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I case you to be carried away captive.” –Jeremiah 29:12-14
“How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. Oh, continue Your lovingkindess to those who know You, and Your righteousness to the upright in heart.” –Psalm 36:7-10
Despite my freeze, God is bigger. His promises still ring true. His grace already covering that of which we are ashamed.
Warmed by His grace, the thaw becomes welcome relief.
Whatever your freeze, remember two words that will change everything—But God…
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