I can breathe in days of circumstantial smog
Relief from pressure, which immediately turns to sheer delight in my very present Helper in times of trouble
Absolutely certainty and foundational confidence in the Word of God
The experience of inward peace which I’m unable to completely define
Gratitude displayed by streaming tears, and no shame for having cried them
Hope secured by promises which set me at liberty
Joy, and then joy, after that…joy
Real laughter, loud, recurring and full of substance and purity
Quietness which proceeds from realization that I was once perilously close to ruin
Compassion for the wayward and deceived, among whom I have been chief
Mercy for the miserable, for in them I see the once-upon-a-time Me
Committed patience for bearing with the willfully blind and ignorant, whom I see as my former tribesmen
Expectancy for those who seem so close to hearing with faith, believing for their breakthroughs
Passionate engagement in the mission of a King I’ve never beheld with my eyes
Deep gratitude for His voice behind the words in His book – I know the Author
Thankfulness for moments when He surprises me with evidence that He is
Security within the overwhelming truth that I belong to One who will never leave
Hunger for an inevitable reunion with all that I miss and some I’ve never met
Surrender of all my fears and pestilent worry
Relinquishing my excuses for why I cannot be victorious and faithful
The very real experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit and tasting of His priceless gifts
Kneeling…kneeling lower…prostrate on my face as I worship the majestic Master who stooped once to heal my soul.
And then there is Love. I am learning how I need it from my King and others. Love. I am learning how to give it without concern as to whether it will be properly received. Love. I am increasing in my awareness of its power. Love. I believe it will be the very first glorified sensation we experience the moment we breathtakingly cross over to Him to begin our forevers in paradise.
These are some things that Grace, my invisible and relentless instructor is always teaching me. I hope to see you in class soon.