He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18: 16-19
I love to sit for hours on the beach marveling at the never-ending view of the ocean and the sands that God created. It reminds me of His vastness and my smallness. I find comfort in knowing that He is big, I am small, He is in control, and I am not. The ocean and it’s sands are a beautiful reminder to me that this scripture is true. Before I knew the Lord, I felt crowded into a corner by all the things of this world that held me captive. I walked around most days overwhelmed by the things in my life that entangled me. Do you know this feeling of being crowded?
When I first chose to acknowledge that the Lord loved me some 18 years ago..that He had chosen me and created me for His purposes, I remember immediately feeling lighter…more free…less captive. These years have given me countless opportunities to trust Him more, to give more of myself to him…more of my heart to Him. Always, I have seen His faithfulness and His goodness poured out in my life even when it wasn’t poured out the way I expected. I have found myself time and time again needing Him to bring me out into a spacious place…needing Him to rescue me from places, from thoughts, from patterns that want to crowd me..to entangle me..to hold me captive. And, he does. He reaches down, and He takes hold of me. He draws me up out of deep waters. He rescues me from the things that are stronger than me. He always brings me out into a spacious place…all because he delights in me.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9