The God of Alreadies

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…

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33 comments

  1. I love this! It is the perfect word. And I like the word “relief” that you used as well. Because He is “already”, I don’t have to be anxious, strife-filled, or even the slightest bit restless. His Already = My Rest. Thank you, Barb!

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  2. So much goodness here: the loaf of bread and the Bread, the phrasing, “nitty gritty of life” resonates with where I’m living at the moment, and the knowing yet the need to KNOW.

    Thanks for taking the True Vine Challenge at OikosLiving.com this week!

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  3. You speak so much truth. I remember being blown away by this concept when I studied Revelations, and read how Christ was chosen to be our Savior before God even made the world. He “already” had the plan in motion. Thanks so much for linking up at SAST! I love your posts!

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  4. Love this! You have spoken to my fears and doubts today. I’ll carry the name the God of Alreadies with me. Thank you. I’m stopping by from The Sunday Community. Blessings!

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  5. Nothing is a surprise to God! That helps with every. single. challenge.!! I particularly love this line: “it’s like a gentle summer breathe upon my sweaty face” – that says it perfectly! Beautiful poetry! Beautiful truth!

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  6. Yes! You are so right. And even if it has ALREADY been said, believe me, I might have forgotten about it ten minutes later, so He needs to keep reminding me through people like you!! 🙂

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  7. I often think about the life of faith as living in tension between already and not yet. I am already saved, but am not yet who I will be. Christ’s kingdom has come, but it has not yet reached its fulfillment. Your post caused me to stop and realize that, although I remain very much in the place of the not yet, God is already there in the future. Beautiful.

    Stopping over from Bonnie’s Faith Jam. Blessings.

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  8. I just love the way you shared this REALITY…we need to be reminded, don’t we? At the most difficult time of my life, God showed up just like that and I am always encouraged by remembering. The week before my son had a horrible motorcycle accident that took his life 3 months later, I had visited the hospital to find a friend and recorded some information on a discarded hospital pass. I found that pass 2 weeks after his accident and the pass was issued for the same exact room he was in. The hospital has 19 floors, so it’s no small thing. It’s a memorial to me of God’s tenderness, He wanted to make sure that as I walked in to the most difficult 3 months of my life…He was already there. Of course, we would never choose many of the hard things we have to go through, but we can trust and abide in the love of the Father. Glad I found your blog today, sister. Blessings and Hey…that looks like Maine in your picture…my favorite place!

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    • Jeanne, What a precious “I love you” from the Lord you got! Wow… so thankful He is keeping you through the hard times. He is so wonderful, isn’t He?
      I live in PA, but Maine is truly my favorite place!

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  9. Girl? This is it! Right here. I’ve got a chapter about the God of Alreadies, but I spelled it God of Alreadys! 🙂 I’ll have to ask my editor. This is so affirming and confirming to me. What a gift … your words, and YOU!

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  10. So true. I LOVE the fact that I’m in the palm of His hand, that He knew me forever, and WILL forever. I never regret thinking about going to His World after leaving our earthly one. My husband and I agree strongly with this… we will miss each other momentarily…but rejoice that Heaven has gained one of us already. Good sharing.

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  11. […] For those of us who don’t like change and find safety in routine, that’s really scary. But at the same time, it’s really exciting because life is truly an adventure.  And in a way, it’s all good since we know that no matter what the future holds, we will step into it holding on to the hand of the One who knows it all; isn’t He the God of Alreadies? […]

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