Day 2: Overhwelmed
As stated by A.W. Tozer in his novel Knowledge of the Holy, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” As Christians, our view of God has an immense impact on how we lead our lives. If we do not believe the Lord is trustworthy, then we will not trust Him. If we do not believe our God is all-powerful, we will always have a “back-up plan” in case He falls through. Looking back on my walk before Yellowstone Summer Mission, I realize that I had slowly placed the Lord in a box and duct taped it closed. When I first came to faith almost two years ago, I believed that God could do anything. Over time, however, I began to seek comfort in my spiritual life. I built this box so that I could understand Him. Even more, I wanted to be in control over God’s character. But creating this box limited God in every way and hindered my trust in His provision.
That all changed when I arrived in Yellowstone National Park. Within the first week, I got to hike above the tree line to reach Avalanche Peak, looking miles and miles into the seemingly endless distance. I witnessed incredible geysers and rainbow-colored hot springs. I experienced Psalm 66:4 in the flesh (“All the Earth worships you and sings praises to you.”). I began to think, “If God can make all of this, if mountains fall at the snap of His fingers, how much more can He do in my life?”
Once I began to loosen my grip over God’s character and allow myself to feel overwhelmed by His majesty, I was able to worship the real Lord for the first time. God began revealing Himself to me more and more each day. I saw multiple people put their faith in Him and others grow interested in His promises. I saw prayers answered before my eyes. I witnessed His hand in my parents’ faith, who were all the way back in Connecticut (they returned to church for the first time in 20 years).
After witnessing the Lord’s power all around me, how could I not trust Him to do anything and everything? When I originally came to faith, I surrendered some parts of myself to the Lord, but certainly not consistently or completely. For the first time, I began to truly seek His will over my own in every aspect of my life. Throughout the summer, I was able to give over some of my greatest desires (getting married and having a financially stable career) to Him. While I certainly have a long way to go, I am beginning to learn what Jesus meant when He said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). The wonderful thing about all of this is that we are not following a fallible God, a God that may pull through if He feels like it, or one that doesn’t really understand us. We are following our own Creator, the maker of Heaven and Earth- take a moment to ponder this/watch the video!
While we are thinking about where God is calling us to GO, I pray that we do not put Him in a box. I pray that we do not doubt His ability to provide necessary funds, change our hearts, or bring someone to Himself. I pray we remember all that He has done and have faith that He will never fail. Most of all, I pray that we stand in awe of the God we serve each and every day.
– Jordyn Meyenberg