Empty to Fill
I've never followed a devotional book and I don't do research before I open my bible. I never have and maybe I never will - we are all wired differently so just bare with me.
I have always been led to the perfect passage simply by flipping my bible open and landing on a page. It sounds weird, I know, but God always knows exactly what I need to be fueled in that very moment. It isn't by mistake that I opened to Job when I questioned my pain or why I opened to Esther (For Such a Time as This) the day I quit my job while on the mission field. You see, God is so faithful and full of love and He doesn't leave you where you are. He fuels you - not some days, but ALL days. When you invite Him in, He comes - and He stands beside you in the fire and carries you through the storm.
So when you ask me "what is your favorite bible verse?" I crumble, because I simply just do not know. My favorite verse today, you mean? Or this week? Or last week? It's almost overwhelming because there is so much dang beauty in the Bible - HOW could you even pick just ONE verse and call it your favorite? I find it so fascinating that every verse and story means something different to every soul - we are all wired so differently yet SO perfectly to our King. How cool is that?
I won a contest and someone is gifting me a painting of my favorite bible verse. I didn't know what to pick, so I turned to google and typed "garden bible verse" in the search bar. I read over all of the verses and picked out Isaiah 58:10-11. I was ready to submit this verse when I thought "I can do better," so I grabbed the first book I saw off my end table, One Thousand Gifts. I flipped open to a random page.... Isaiah 58:10-11. My eyes met the words on page 197 and I screamed. I was freaked out - but you guys THIS is God! This is what He does, it's who He is. He meets us where we are and He doesn't leave us where He finds us.
"Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring."
When we question His plan, His words, or whether or not we are really READY to do what He is calling us to, He doesn't get angry and leave us! He STAYS, He fuels us, and He reminds us that with HIM we can do all things. This journey isn't about you or me - this journey is about Him.