This Spring, James and I went to Chicago, Nevada, and California. We went to encourage friends and family who were out in California. We also went so that I could intentionally forgive and heal from so many painful memories and humiliations that I had suffered in those places through my first marriage.
They have other sites, as well, but this location was exactly where we needed to be on this particular day.
Their mantra is, “Love more, Fear less”.
It’s based on I John 4:18:
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. The one who fears has not been perfected in love.
(Berean Study Bible translation)
For me, I went on the trip with all the gritty determination to rid myself of the demons from my past. Before we left, an elder from our church challenged us to “Lay aside all of your expectations and simply expect that Jesus Christ would be glorified.” We did.
Gone were my expectations of doing this incredible service and brave act for God, as I deliberately and intentionally visited so many hurtful places.
I never imagined that I would so tenderly be healed from so many memories and humiliations. I knew that Jesus Christ is good, and kind. I knew that Yahweh is attentive to all our humiliations, I just never expected to be so specifically and intentionally encouraged.
So many ways that would only be a specific gift to me…
I have been amazed as I marvel that the God of the Universe and the Creator of the Cosmos pays all that attention to “Li’l old me.”
I challenge you, beloved ones.
I dare you!
Lay down all expectation, and simply ask that Jesus Christ be glorified in your life. Then hang on as He tenderly and intentionally shows you specifically that HE SEES YOU!
Love more. Fear less.