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The last couple months have been a bit of a whirlwind. God has been present in family visits, airplanes, airports, temporary housing, and all the many details of getting set up in a new country. I confess my gaze has not, at all times, remained fixed on Him. Nonetheless, He has remained faithful (2 Timothy 2:13), and I am thankful for His hand at work in all the crazy, chaotic, anxious, frustrating, silly, happy, wonderful, peaceful, beautiful moments of my life.

In a hotel room in Nevada, feeling anxious about the upcoming overseas flight, God reminded me of Isaiah 26:3 – Thou shalt keep in perfect peace Him whose mind is stayed on thee (actually I think that’s my own little translation, I’m not sure how it got stuck in my head that way but it’s almost the KJV).

In LAX, roaming the terminal and waiting for my flight, I was suddenly overwhelmed with gratitude. I love the little corner of the world I’m from, but what a privilege to go forth and see all the amazingly beautiful things I have yet to see. How could I not graciously leave the past behind in exchange for all that is to come?

Sitting on a beach in Western Australia, reflecting on the account of Elisha, I was struck by his matter-of-fact words in 2 Kings 3:18, “This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord.” He was speaking of God filling the valley in the Desert of Edom with water – without wind or rain – to provide for a thirsty Israel, marching to battle against Moab.

What seemingly impossible things am I facing that are “easy in the eyes of the Lord?” What seemingly impossible things are needed right now – for you, for your neighbor, for God’s people everywhere – that are “easy in the eyes of the Lord?” How many of these would He willingly provide if we but seek Him, as the kings of Israel and Judah did?

God is faithful.

One particular verse has been sticking with me the past few weeks. It’s quite simple on the surface, but I feel I’ve hardly begun to understand its depths. I found it, hidden in a familiar and popular passage in 1 John chapter 4 about love – Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God…God is love…This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us…if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us….

At the end of all this, and before another couple of paragraphs of the same, is the following statement: And so we know and rely on the love God has for us (verse 16).

I’m sure I’ve read it before, but for all intents and purposes I don’t think I ever really saw it. I’ve been going over it again and again in my mind. It seems like such a simple conclusion – an obvious thing.

On the surface it’s almost too easy. Do I know God’s love? Yes. Do I rely on His love? Sure. I think so anyway. That’s kind of like trust, right?

But looking deeper…Do I really know the DEPTHS of God’s love for me? Do I really KNOW the depths of God’s love for me? And what does it really mean, in practice, to rely on it? There’s a lot of confidence and expectation in that word – rely. What does it mean to rely on His love?

I suppose I may be leaving you with more questions today than answers, but my prayer for you is this:

May you KNOW and RELY on the love God has for you.

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