Powerfully Breaking Through
"Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining
to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called
us...." (2 Peter 1:3-4)
It was amazing to watch my
granddaughter stretching, toning, and toughening her little-girl frame
for her gymnastics class. But when she was hurting from injury, or
when, in gymnastic competition, I saw
tears flowing because of a misstep, or fall, or receiving seemingly
unjust scores, I could not wait until that moment afterward to break
through the crowd, grab her into my arms, reassure her how much she is
loved, and take her home.
Long ago, before the foundations of
the world, God looked into Eternity Future. He saw there the objects of
His love, struggling with their limitations. Exhausting themselves to
prove their worth. Empty of peace. His heart longed to break through
to them, grab them into His arms, and take them Home. Even though He
knew some would not listen. Some would not believe that He had come, in
love, to save them. Still, with incredible, beyond description
compassion, "the lamb slain before the foundation of the world" became
And for those of us who would come to love that Lamb,
although the world would make us face injuries, injustices, and tears,
God made certain that we would be reassured of His love for us. That He
would in every way possible, break through to us.
of worship, His bigger-than-the-Universe presence breaks through,
melting flesh away like wax. Heaven's Bridegroom sings His love song
over us, making us realize our greatest need is more of Him.
In times in God's Word, His wisdom breaks through, imparting and
implanting fresh understanding, soul deep. Sweet peace. Rest.
Jesus' own heartbeat echoes within ours as He walks through the day
with us. We don't have to see the path beneath, or know the next turn,
or the end of the road. The fear of obstacles, stumbles, or falls, is
broken by His masterful, but tender grip.
Even in times of
much work at hand, God's Spirit empowers the daunting, (and more than we
know) the impossible. He exchanges weariness for a lightened load.
Sacrifice wears a smile. Jesus' greater-than-all-our-sins grace breaks
through for others. We hold no stones. Ministry pours out like a
fragrant, healing balm. Without force we speak His truths. Nothing
remains as "mine." All is His.
In all these times and all
these ways, God, in love, breaks through to us. He takes us up into His
arms, reassures us, and holds us close. And one day, one glorious day,
He'll even take us Home with Him.
Father God, help us to
remember in the darkest times, the deepest struggles, when we feel we
have nothing left to give, or even to live for, You are there, and You
will faithfully break through to us with Your love, Your peace, and Your
rest. ~ martha langley