Friday, June 3, 2011

Falling into his arms...

I haven't blogged nearly as much as I thought I would on this trip. Hopefully that will change :)

I finished my first week of classes today. It was a rollercoaster week with moments of pure joy, excitement, and hope. There were also aches of homesickness, frustration, and discouragement. I have been delighting in sweet moments of quiet and stillness with the Lord every morning before our busy apartment wakes up and begins the morning bustle. These have been my favorite moments of the trip, as I have found myself often falling into the strong arms of my Savior, both in preparation for the day, and as I'm met with struggles throughout.

Today was an extremely rough day, and everything that could possibly go wrong went terribly wrong. However, my fantastic daddy is HERE in SPAIN! So after I class I walked into the hotel lobby to meet him and fell into his arms. I cried on his shoulder as he held me in his strong arms. I appreciated anew the precious gift of having a father to lean on. Thinking back on that moment, I am ever so thankful for a father here on this earth who can show me the love, strength, compassion, and wisdom of my Heavenly Father.

I've often thought that God must have the biggest lap ever, for He has so many children to hold. :) But in all seriousness, those arms of grace, truth, love, forgiveness, mercy, and compassion are wide open. And when we are too weak, He tenderly reaches down and lets us fall into arms of strength and protection. He wipes each tear from our eyes, gives us the refreshing Living Water.

Our God is waiting with open arms. Will you run into them?

"Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
(B) come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
2(C) Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
3Incline your ear, and come to me;
(D) hear, that your soul may live;
(E) and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
(F) my steadfast, sure love for(G) David.
Isaiah 55:1-3

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