A thin place is where the veil that separates heaven and earth is lifted
and one is able to receive a glimpse of the glory of God.
I’ve always known that a thin place for me is nature.
Give me a mountain to climb or an ocean that stretches to infinity or a field of wild flowers or a trail to hike, and I feel as if I’m dancing with God. Held by him.
Lately though I’m realizing that another thin place for me is in living grateful.
I’ve spent so much of my life with Christ being tossed around by my circumstances…almost bullied.
There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re walking closely with God and trusting him, until life throws you an unexpected curve ball and you suddenly feel as if you might be ground to dust.
A long time prayer has been that God would teach me to trust his goodness no matter what comes my way.
…to experience his grace and glory in the midst of broken places, too.
A dear friend’s husband lost his job 6 months ago. She says it has been the hardest thing they’ve gone through together, yet they’ve grown. They’re stronger than they were before this happened.
Another dear friend has just completed 5 of her 6 chemo treatments for cervical cancer. She has walked this road with such grace. Not one time have I heard her doubt God’s goodness. In fact, she says there was a moment early on in her diagnosis that she wanted to ask why her, but she heard God whisper, “Why not?” Her perspective challenges me on every level.
And yet another friend is walking a road so terribly hard with her family that there aren’t words to share here. At night, the darkness closes in on her and she feels like she might be swallowed whole.
She’s walking a road no one wants to ever walk, yet she is learning to say It Is Well With My Soul.
All around us people are suffering trials of many kinds, yet they have joy because they know that we are not blessed by our circumstances. We are blessed to know Christ in his death and resurrection.
Our hope reaches beyond our changing circumstances.
Yes. This is a new thin place for me..this living grateful.
I’m embracing a grateful heart and praying I always see glimpses of his glory in every circumstance.
What are your thin places? Where do you see his glory and feel like his presence is almost palpable?