This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday– write for five minutes on a one word prompt. The prompt today is “place.” Also linking with Glimpses, God-Sized Dreams and #GritUpAndGo Writer Share
With this prompt there is only one Bible verse I could turn to- the verse that gave this blog its title when it began almost two years ago:
“He brought me out into a spacious place. He rescued me because he delights in me.” (Psalm 18:19 NIV)
Tuesday sees the second anniversary of this blog, so it seems fitting to look back and reflect on the verse that began it all.
The verse became special to me a few years before the blog began- over the period of a year where the concept of coming through a tight, narrow space out into a spacious place or an open space seemed to be coming up everywhere: in Bible verses, in dreams, in comments people made to me. I wasn’t sure what the spacious place was or how to get there, but I had the sense that this was where God wanted to lead me.
I knew I was bound by chains of the past, which were holding me back and preventing me from living life fully, but I couldn’t seem to break free. After over a year of seeking the spacious place, I finally made it, and when I did, I knew. It almost felt as if God broke something physically inside me and a weight was lifted, leaving me with a confidence and a sense of freedom I had never known.
When I began this blog, the verse came to me as a title. I long to share truth and hope with others who feel bound and restricted, to help point them towards the life and freedom God offers.
There was also the sense that writing and blogging was part of my own exploration of the spacious place- learning to express myself, to find my voice, to share some of the lessons God has been teaching.
As I look back on the last two years, I’m grateful for the journey, grateful for those of you who have walked alongside me- some of you from the very start.
The spacious place is a place of God’s faithfulness to his promises.
It is a place of possibility, of opportunity, of exploration- a place of joy.
It is a place to run, but also a place to rest.
It is a place of confidence, of security, of freedom- of learning to walk with God and know him more.
It is a wonderful place to live and there is so much more to discover. I hope you’ll continue joining me as we explore this place together!