I was raised in church, and became a Christian at a young age. I've kind of "coasted" in my faith for a long time. It's not that I'd turned away, or stopped following Him at all, but I hadn't been growing as a Christian-I was just kind of rooted in place-still praying, still believing, but not knowing where to start with Bible study (although I was reading it), and not being very faithful in my church attendance. That started to change a couple of years ago, very slowly. God's been working on me, and I need a lot of work! I've always said that if God wants to tell me something, He pretty much has to hit me over the head with it, and that's been happening more and more frequently. I've started to refer to these times as Wow Moments. I've decided that I would like to share some of these Wow Moments here-I pray that they will encourage or inspire others in some way, but if not, at least by recording them, I'm allowing myself not to forget them.
My Connection Group/Bible Study Group for church is doing James MacDonald's Gripped By the Greatness of God. I've already had several Wow Moments in this study, and we are only in Chapter 3! It's dealing with Isaiah, which I find is a difficult book to read, so this study is really helpful. Today, as
I was catching up on the week's devotionals (yeah, I was behind-refer to the title of the blog, LOL), I ran across this verse:
"Can a woman forget her nursing child, and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands." Isaiah 49:15-16
If we wait, God has this promise for us:
"Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles. They will run and not get tired." Isaiah 40:31
The next time you are worried, or lonely, or feel unloved or insignificant, remember Jesus' nail scarred hands, and rest in the comfort and overwhelming joy at the fact that He has written your name there if you are a follower of Him. He hasn't forgotten you, and He loves you unconditionally and always will!
This particular topic isn't new to me, really, I know that God loves me, but that first verse, combined with an image of Jesus' hands, really overwhelmed me all over again with how much He loves me, and the huge significance of what He's done, despite my imperfections. It was a major Wow Moment!