When my heart is gripped with uncommon fear because of what I see and feel and am afraid to understand,
And when I can’t contain the joy that bubbles up because I realize the gift that stands before me,
He is already there. Yesterday, today, and forever.
He is the God of Alreadies.
Before the foundation of the world, He already knew me. Before I was a thought in my parents’ mind, He already had my name inscribed in the palm of His hand. And before I became a person with a heart and a body, a mind and two hands, He already knew all about me. He already knew what would make me smile, or cry, or stretch my mind beyond all that I thought was possible.
I know, I know… this is old news. It’s been revealed in the Big Book thousands of years ago. But to me, on this very day, it’s like a gentle summer breathe upon my sweaty face. It’s life. It’s sustenance. Bread for the journey.
Because if God is really the God of Alreadies, I am going to be just fine.
He already is in my future. He knows how it’s going to end. He has it all figured out. Even the parts that make my head hurt when I try to line them up with the nitty-gritty of life.
And on the day He calls me home, He will already be there, waiting for me. All I will need to do is take His hand and walk on into eternity.
He is already there. He is the God of Alreadies.
This fills my heart with joy, and relief, and delight. So if you’ll excuse me now, I think I’m just going to go do a little dance…
Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp
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#261 Revelation from His Word
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