Last year I started a new tradition. I had a Bible passage that had spoken into my life, leaving me chewing over His Words throughout my day. It was so deep, so impactful that I made it my life passage for 2014.
For those who have followed my blog, even for a short time, you most likely have come across this passage in my writing (this post for instance). As I allowed His Word to flow through me this year, I realized this became my prayer asking Him to become the foundation in my life. I even chose the word “Rooted” to be my word for my year back in January of 2014.
And how true this word came to be.
Over the last month, I struggled to decide if I would find another verse and word for 2015. So many passages and praises came to mind, but none struck the chord in my heart as my 2014 Words did.
Now, I had read the entire book of Ephesians numerous times this past year. I literally listened to chapter 3 every week as I made my morning run. Yet, somehow I missed the verse just prior to my passage and just after it. Somehow, my mind and my heart failed to catch the prelude until just a few short days ago…just in time for the New Year to take shape.
You know, Gods timing of course.
The prelude – I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. (Ephesians 3:16 NLT)
And the Conclusion – Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)
The day I read this all too familiar, memorized chapter, I was asking God to simply be WITH me. I needed His peace, His strength and His comfort. I needed Him holding me and for me to confidently stand with Him.
You can guess what I heard for the first time as I heard each word.
[tweetthis]Abba is MORE than just with us – He is WITHIN us. [/tweetthis]
“Bethany from My glorious unlimited resources, I will empower you with inner strength through My Spirit…I am able through My mighty power at work within you Bethany, to accomplish infinitely more than you might ask or think.” (Based on Ephesians 3:16 and 20)
In the darkness of my early morning, I sat there realizing I had missed such a huge portion of this amazing Promise. It was if I settled for the cake without the icing or the car without the wheels. I saw the amazing power He promised in my 2014 passage but never connected where He places His Homebase to fully make my life count. He chooses us. He chooses to live, stretch, grow, empower and work WITHIN us!
You are never alone, He is WITHIN you.
You are never too far, He is WITHIN you.
You are never without hope, He is WITHIN you.
When you are at your weakest, He will shine WITHIN you.
When you seem strong to others, it’s never on your own – it’s Him working WITHIN you.
It looks like I will be spending another year trying to fully digest this reality of a life truly defined by His living and active presence WITHIN me. What does that look like? What does that feel like?
Here’s to a great start for 2015!