I spent last week at a conference in Sweden, like I do most summers. It was a week of sitting and listening to great teachers with a heart for the people of God. A week of pouring out worship and praising our good Father. There were moments of fellowship and hearts shared. All in all, a week spent in the presence of God was such a refreshment for my soul.
But there is always this side to conferences or meetings or even going to church for that matter. We rise up to the mountain top and pour out our heart to God. But when we have to start coming down the mountain? It is easy to get discouraged. The valleys loom darker than the mountain tops. Darkness captures us easily after times spent in the brilliant light. Somehow, the darkness often seems darker now.
But that is not the truth. God is at work, even in the darkest of times. Even in the hard times and the sad times. God is at work, always.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)
Friend, no matter where you are right now. No matter where your heart is right now. God is at work within you. No matter how close or how far you are, He is able to work in you and through you. He is able, because He is always able. And though we, as human beings, are limited — He never is. So He can do so much in you and through you. Just like He can do in and through me.
So I pray these words with Paul, for you and I.
“I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.” (Ephesians 3:16-18 NLT)
GraceFull Tuesday Link-Up
Welcome to GraceFull Tuesday Link-Up! This is a community meant for sharing and encouraging one another in grace as we walk through this journey of faith. Last week I didn’t have time to comment on your posts because of the mentioned conference. But I’m excited to connect with you once again this week!