When I think back on the past six months of my life, the word I most often use to describe them is “abundant.” When I say “abundant” I mean “overflowing, beautiful, and rich.” You know when you walk through a lush summer garden and the flowers are pouring over their baskets, the fields are so fragrant and full, and the air is just heavy with life? A vision of harvest—so incredibly bountiful. That's how the past few months have felt.
My love for the abundant seasons of life, even the literal ones—Spring, Summer—easily makes its way into my spiritual life as well. But in all honesty, I often have to catch myself in terms of what I believe abundance to truly be. Is the abundant life really, truly only found in the summer seasons of my life when the growth is obvious, and the fruits are real and tangible? Is that really the abundant life that God has promised me? Friends, I sure hope the truth of God's Word rings, alive and well, in my heart during the seasons when the obvious "abundance" has faded and I'm back to tilling the soil.
One of the hardest parts of moving, of uprooting our lives from where we are right now, is leaving the obvious season of fruitfulness. The previous couple years of putting down our roots, establishing ourselves here in this city were hard. They were equally so rich and filled with so much growth that opened my eyes to God in an entirely new way as I experienced the tenderness of the Lord's love towards me and just how deeply I am known. But knowing Christ in a deeper, more real way in the thick of trying circumstances is the sanctification that I so often want to rush through. I'd rather sit and stay in the harvest a while longer.
A couple weeks ago, as I was full-on wrestling with the Lord over the changes that lie ahead, I had “Good Good Father” repeatedly resounding throughout our home. Friends, I so often don't actually believe that God is a good Father. I know He is a sovereign Father. I know He is a faithful Father. I know He is a loving Father. But I often don't believe down deep within me, trusting fully, that God is a good Father and that He has good things in store for me. Good things that are beautiful, and rich, and fulfilling, and sweet! Did you know that God wants goodness for you in your life? Because sister, He wants such good things for you. I opened my Bible to John 10 and rested in the truth that my Father is a good Father. He is a good Shepherd, He loves me and all He wants for me is abundant life. Do you know that? Do you believe in the depths of your heart and soul that God has an abundant life in store for you?
John 10:10 says "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they might have life and have it abundantly" (emphasis mine). God has not come to steal, kill, or destroy. He has come to bring you and me abundant life where we are right now. We are living daily in the fulfilled prophesy of God's blessing towards us (Ezek. 36:26). That means that even though today can feel messy and hard, and at times frustrating and just too much, we are living an abundant life. This is God's best for you right now. It's not once the boxes get unpacked. It's not when the kids are older; it’s not when all your prayers are answered in all the ways you’d hoped they’d be; it's not when you finally live in the city you've always wanted to with your dream job, or find the right church or the right friends. It's right now in the mundane, messy, challenging, tilling of everyday life. We are living under the banner of God's grace and blessing because of Jesus Christ and the ultimate price He paid for us—a death He died so we might not just live, but live abundantly free to be able to honor God with our lives in Jesus’ Name.
This world will tell you so many things about who our God is, but I’m here to tell you God is good. He is sovereign. He is mighty inside of you. He has given you life. He is with you right now. He has set out good plans for you. He has not left you to walk this life on your own. He has redeemed you, ransomed you, and chosen you.
The earth around you will shake, crumble, and leave you questioning. But God is always good. The waves and wind respond to His name, because God is still Lord, and always will be. He has given you your most abundant life right now. Don’t wait for the bountiful, tangible, fruitful abundance, because you are living in that abundance today, even if you can’t quite see it yet. When the fog starts to settle in and you don’t know where you’re going, grab hold of the anchor you have in Jesus, and take heart sister! You are in Christ; you are right where you’re supposed to be.