I wrote this phrase in a post last week. As I went back and reread it, it caught my breath because rivers of living water should be free to overflow - as in, out of our bellies... out of the deep deep wells.
I prayed and asked God what the 'thin ice' represented and immediately He reminded me of a comment on that post by my friend Natalie Busch:
That's where I'm at too. I have never observed lent, but I like how that and advent are becoming more "christian mainstream?" if that's what you want to call it. Loved hearing your heart in all of this, it makes me think of the song "He Loves" where it says "I don't have time to maintain these regrets, when I think about the way He Loves us"...
That is what the Thin Ice is... it is our regrets.
The "Thin Ice" is our regrets that stop up the flow of the Spirit.
Regrets form a thin ice over the deep well that is within us. I think we get so lost in our identity because we get to caught up in our regrets. But if we would see who we really are, we would learn to just let those go because they do not define us!
At the core of our identity...
...at the very center of who we are is this truth:
We are loved.
We are His Beloved.
When we let go and lean in and dare to believe this overwhelming truth, the thin ice of past regrets will begin to melt away!
It is God's desire that we step in to who He created us to be... that we would quit entertaining our regrets and reliving past failures... that we would give up comparing and competing. His heart is for us to know Him, and to know how He has gifted and shaped us so that we could be about the Father's business of releasing and expanding the Kingdom!
When you take the time and invest in getting to know yourself --the real you, not the one you put on - but who you really are down deep, you will begin to learn and discover ways He has gifted you from your beginning. When you know what makes you happy, what feeds your soul, what brings you joy... you are more than willing to share that!
Self-confidence is different than God-confidence!
There is nothing wrong with saying,
"You know, I do this well."We are so quick to compete with each other, but at the same time, tear ourselves down because of comparison when, instead, we can say, "Listen, these are the things that I do well."
It's not prideful to look at the gifts God has given to you and say, "I'm gonna use these for the Kingdom and I'm gonna go out and do this thing!"
At my Bible study yesterday, we were discussing Humility and one of the ladies shared how true humility is having the courage to actually BE who God created us to be!
I believe that we are entering a season where we don't have to apologize for how He made us, but before we can get there, we have to know WHO He made us to be!
It all starts with Love.
...with being Loved.
...and Being Love!
May we come in agreement with John Mark McMillan, and live life and love out like this:
"I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,When I think about, the way He loves us!"
Lord, melt our Thin Ice and let the Rivers of Living Water burst forth!
P.S. I'm linking up with these lovely writers: