Psalms 126: When the Lord RESTORED the fortunes of zion, we were like those who dream. Our mouths were filled with laugher and our tounges with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations the Lord has done great things for them, the Lord has done great things for them!
The Lord has done great things for us, we are joyful. Restore our fortunes oh Lord, like streams in the negev. Those who sow in tears shall reap with SHOUTS of joy, thoughs who go out weeping, carrying the bag of seed, he will surely come back with shouts of joy, carrying his sheaves!
The Lord has done great things for me. Has He for you? Can I just get a glory shout. I don’t think I have ever had such an awesome oppertunity to reflect over the GREAT things He has done in me then I did this Saturday night at our High school class reuion. Could it really have been 10 years ago that I sat in that very same restrauraunt (actually 11) for my junion prom wearing a corsage as long as my arm (my date, who I paid to go with me, was in a contest with another guy to get the biggest one!) eating before prom. That night I know I must have looked like a princess, but unfortunatly I did not believe it. I felt like an ugly ol’ catipillar 11 years ago, nothing like a butterfly. I knew Jesus, knew Jesus loved me. But during those sometimes painful years of high school and middle school I was not sure I loved me.
Why can’t I be pounds skinnier. Why are those girls so mean to me? will I ever be popular, noticed ect. These are all things I think the typical high school girl struggles with. Maybe something you still struggle with.
Fastforward 10 years to this saturday night. God has done so much in my life. On His arm I have conquered fear, took my first plane ride to Japan, which turned into another plane ride and another, which turned into traveling to over 14 different countries with Jesus.. glory! God has taken me around the world and back. .. through grad school and now back.. through an incredible 4 years @ wesleyan.. to a new stage in life where I am an aunt to the most awesome nephew ever.. so many journeyies in 10 years (not to mention if you had told me 10 years ago I would have run a marathon when I went back to my reunion I would have laughed in your face)
But the biggest thing that changed? ME! Somewhere along the line God convinced me. He convinced me that I was not an ugly catipillar, but a beautiful butterfly, who was created to fly. He declared me beautiful! He gave me the tools to fight the lies of the enemy with the TRUTH. He called me to be the WALLflower turned into a WILDflower for Him.
Michelle and I floated into that high school reunion. I felt gorgeous ( and michelle looked like a knockout model in my opinoin). We “floated in” and I think people were like woah. We mingled and mingled some more. I’m talking from 6 oclock to 11:30.. we were the last to leave. In high school we would have stayed in a corner with maybe one person we were comfortable with. This night we worked the room. I made it a point to talk to everyone.. even the MEAN girls from high school. And I loved it. I loved being the butterfly new creation in Christ Jesus. I saw people thinking… wow the Lord has done GREAT things for them.. even if they did not know how to articulate that! and well.. HE HAS….
So if the enemy tells you you are an ugly ol’ catipillar you throw back @ him 2 Corinthians 5:!7– I am a new creation in Christ Jesus, the old has gone the new has come.
I had my Zachariah 9 moment: verse 16 and 17:
And the Lord their God will save them in that day, as the flock of His people. For they are as the stones of a crown… sparkling in His lance. For what beauty will be theirs!
Go sparkle guys!
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