This was a post I wrote back in 2011 but I am so grateful I just came across it again today and I wanted to re-post it on this new blog. I hope that it encourages you today like it did me!
After leaving the most amazing church service I believe I have been to in years I couldn’t help but want to come home and write. I wish every single one of you reading this could have been at this service with me. With that being said…. it’s gonna be worth it all. It is worth it all.
Mary didn’t give birth to Jesus in a fancy inn, there was no room for her there. Jesus was born in a stable…. I have never had a child but I honestly couldn’t imagine that giving birth in a stable would be remotely comfortable or easy…. but it was worth it all. When Mary looked into the eyes of Jesus, it was worth it all.
Jesus is with each of us in our “stables”
Emmanuel….God with us, not God far away who doesn’t see us. God is in divine control, always, even when we are in a stable, He is with us. Maybe your stable is a loss of a loved one, cancer, divorce, whatever it is, whatever pain that you are going through know that God is with you. When we don’t understand what or why God is doing what He is doing we have to know that whatever it is good or bad it’s gonna be worth it.
When we take a step back and look at the big picture, when we lay down our wants and desires to live a radically, sold out life of giving Christ’s love away, when we realize that it is not about us, it is not about acquiring stuff or having the most or the best of everything, when we take our focus off of ourselves and put it where it belongs we can realize and trust that God is in control… always, He is Emmanuel, God with us, Always. This song by Rita Springer is just absolutely amazing in every way…
“I don’t understand Your ways, but I will give you my song and I’ll give You all my praise, You hold on to all my pain and with it You are pulling me closer, pulling me in Your ways Now around every corner, and up every mountain I’m not looking for crowns or the water from fountains I’m desperate in seeking, frantic believing The sight of Your face is all that I’m needing It’s gonna be worth it, It’s gonna be worth it It’s gonna be worth it all….I believe it..
I want to get to the point where I am desperately seeking, frantic believing that the sight of God’s face is all and everything that I am needing.
I just believe so much that if we could all get to that place of trust with God, where we honestly do reach and seek out His face first in good times and bad times we would see such a radical change in Christianity. We would see real, authentic Christians, passionately seeking and pursuing a real relationship with the Almighty, All knowing God. How awesome would that be for each of us individually…. and how awesome would it be to see God’s children living the sold out life that He wants so bad for each of us to live….
I pray that I see that day come soon, starting in me. I know that it is going to be worth it all. Everything that in my natural mind I think I am going to have to give up, every pain that I am going to walk through, every mountain and every valley I know that when I look into the eyes of Jesus, just as Mary did, it is gonna be worth it all.
Watch the full lyric video here.