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Over the last several months, God has been working on my heart in crazy, beautiful ways.
When I went to the Relevant (now Allume) Conference last fall, I received a stack of books which all seemed picked especially for me. Books like: Grace for the Good Girl; You’re Already Amazing; and A Confident Heart. They were all aimed at the messy, mixed up, part inside my heart that needed healing. Each one pointed toward God’s love and plans for me. Each one stacked upon the last and I thought, “Yes! This is exactly what I need.” I didn’t realize how much until I started reading them.
Fast forward to a month or so ago, when my church was looking to fill the position in the front office. I’m a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom, so I really didn’t consider applying. Someone I highly respect urged me to apply, but it didn’t seem like a good fit, so I declined. Then another person called and strongly suggested I should consider applying for the position. Her words made me pause long enough to really consider it. That night a third friend asked me if I’d thought about the position.
Three people, each separately coming to me about this, was a pretty big sign that maybe this was a God thing and I should really put some thought and prayer into it. Long story short, I prayed, I applied, I got the job. I felt like God must have thought I was the right gal for the job. Boy, did I have it all wrong.
God didn’t think I was right for the job.
Instead, God knew the job was just what I needed.
You see, just like that big stack of books, God is using this job to heal the messy, broken pieces, the parts of me that have believed lies for years, and to show me just how big He really is. That first week or so on the job, our pastor came up, handed me another book (oh, how I love that He is sending me all these books!) and told me we’re reading it together, discussing it at staff meeting. The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller is the book.
I have to admit, the story of the Prodigal son was always my least favorite. At least it was until I read this book, and understood a new perspective on the story. I highly recommend you read The Prodigal God if you get the chance. It’s not too long, and it’s a quick read.
My favorite point made about the story of the father and his two sons is the definition of prodigal. Prodigal means ‘recklessly spendthrift’. The younger brother, he totally portrays this definition, right? But then Timothy Keller goes on to make the point that the father is also prodigal. He is ‘recklessly spendthrift’ with his love for his sons.
Making the connection between that recklessly spendthrift father’s love, and the love our Father in heaven has for me? Wrecked. I have simply been wrecked this whole last week as the thought of how recklessly spendthrift God is with his love and grace goes through my mind over and over.
Have you ever considered that God loves YOU in exactly that same recklessly spendthrift way?
Something to think about…
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