One of my absolute favorite parts of a wedding is looking at the groom when the bride walks into the room.  Everyone stands up and turns to look at the bride, but I love seeing his face instead because I know she’ll be beaming all the way down the aisle.  He’s the one who is waiting at the end and can’t wait to meet her eyes.  Especially because when they finally see each other you just know so much love is being transferred through their eyes.

Some of you may know that I don’t really see in vivid “pictures,” but I see more in words, feelings, concepts.  I don’t know how to explain how I see other than not in clear, vibrant pictures.  All of that to say that today after I got back from a prayer walk I started asking God about what He sees and He gave me the verse 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  Along with that, He showed me about how He sees me and how I am completely forgiven, clothed in an absolutely gorgeous white wedding dress.  To trump that, He is the groom looking with those expectant, excited, loving, forgiving, and full eyes.  I know, I know, sounds a bit lovey dovey and corny, but then there’s so much power in seeing ourselves as He actually sees us thanks to the blood of Christ.  When we fix our eyes on Him, we see that He has already won the race for us.  Such freedom in living and standing on His promises.

Standing on His Word

I went for a long prayer walk around part of the perimeter of the property today.  I really have missed prayer walking through NE Minneapolis so this was great!  Though, prayer walking through the field definitely adds a new dynamic compared to through the city.  God’s presence showed up powerfully throughout the day and I am excited to see where things are headed.  My heart and thoughts really kept focusing on standing on His Word and reiterating His promises.  At Thrive Church recently, Matt preached about some related topics and about seeing ourselves through God’s eyes as well as how God pursues us.  He ended with scripture to stand on and to hold onto in hard times.  Here are some points to ponder:

  • I’m speaking to you, but you’re just not opening your heart.  Somewhere along the way something else got in the way.
  • Why do we doubt ourselves and others see something in us that we don’t?
  • Our relationship with God is constantly moving.
  • So what if you don’t see what’s ahead of you, I do.
  • Once you start realizing who you are in God then the rest doesn’t matter
  • Isaiah 48:16–Come near me and listen. I have not spoken in secret
  • 1 Samuel 12:16–Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the Lord will do before your eyes.

Matt also made an awesome video to go along with his message: check it out!