Our student ministry team has spent the last week putting on (go team!) and experiencing (go the rest of us!) the PDYM Student Leadership Conference. It has been incredible and such a gift to see our students draw closer to God and become aware and surprised of God's call upon their lives. Really, really great.
Tonight, as we worshiped God through prayer, scripture, communion, giving and song I had a lot of time to reflect on what God has been dong in my heart recently.
Specifically, one song stood out to me. A song I've sung and listened to a million times. In my car, at church, on my iPod...but tonight, God spoke to me through it in such a unique way.
The song starts with:
He is jealous for me
then it says:
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
and I realize just how beautiful You are and how great your affections are for me.
and repeats (over and over again):
He loves us, oh how He loves us, oh how He loves us, oh how He loves.
As I prayed and began a full on conversation with God all I could do was ask Him, "You're jealous for me? Me? Why?". I was deeply humbled at the thought that God would be jealous for me. That He would fight for me, for our love to grow and deepen. I couldn't even finish singing the song...thinking about His love was overwhelming.
The truth is, that His glory does overshadow anything that I could ever go through, any hardship or struggle pales in comparison to who He is in my life. I'd love to, everyday, realize more and more how great His affections are for me and remember that precious truth in times of trouble. I'd love to be completely unaware of my needs, because my Father is aware...and with Him, I need not worry. I'd love this.