It seems lately God's been speaking to me a lot...not in the way I'm used to though. A couple weeks ago Josh and I were at Barnes and Noble looking for a gift and out of the blue this woman stopped us because she felt she had a word for us. And it was right on. I've also been listening to some new teaching CDs I got a hold of, and it's so like "Omigosh! This is exactly what I needed to hear!" Then I was driving home from an event the other day with some girlfriends, sharing with them some of the stuff that's been going on in my life, and one of them says, "Hold on, God just gave me a word for you."
A couple things have really been impressed upon me through this: 1) God knows all about me! He created me to be me and you to be you. He knows every detail, thought, heartache. He knows what I need and when I need it...even if it is in the middle of Barnes and Noble! He's thinking about, watching, and caring for me, even when I can't feel it. My Lord is an intimate God. He is not far away and unreachable, He's "closer than the mention of His name," as the song goes... 2) He is ALMIGHTY GOD! He is so strong and big and awesome. He is to be feared and honored. There truly is none like Him! In Malachi 1: 14 He says of himself, "I am a great king...and my name is feared among the nations!"
I believe sometimes it's easy to rely on either one or the other aspect of who God is, but He really is both. He's the God of all justice, God of wrath, He rides on the wings of the wind, a jealous God! Yet He's slow to anger and rich in love, God of all mercy, one who bids us come into His throne room with boldness. How awesome is it that we can find comfort in the very one who holds the power of life and death! That we can fear Him without being afraid of Him! That He is all love and all powerful!
What an awesome God we truly do serve!
*There is a great song by Jeff Deyo that illustrates this concept called I Fear You from his CD entitled "Light". If you listen to the end of the track right before the song you'll hear an awesome explanation of where the song comes from.