What’s In The Cup?

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In a worship service recently, we sang the worship song “Your Presence Is Heaven” by Israel Houghton.  I’m sure you are already familiar with it, but just in case you aren’t, here are the lyrics.

Who is like You Lord in all the earth?
Matchless love and beauty, endless worth
Nothing in this world can satisfy
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry

Your presence is heaven to me
Your presence is heaven to me

Treasure of my heart and of my soul
In my weakness you are merciful
Redeemer of my past and present wrongs
Holder of my future days to come

All my days on earth I will await
The moment that I see You face to face
Nothing in this world can satisfy
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry

Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Your presence is heaven to me
Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Your presence is heaven to me

I’ve sung this song before and it always makes an impact on me.  This particular time was no different.  But, this line I have sung so many times, really struck my heart on this particular day.

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‘Cause Jesus you’re the cup that won’t run dry. 

I think I came to understand something in a new way.

Jesus never runs out of the answers, strength, provision, wisdom, help, protection, or love….and the list goes on and on….I desperately need!!

Whatever I need, He is!

There it is, plain and simple.

And He NEVER, EVER stops being what I need!  His supply is endless.  He is endless. It just never runs out!  My supplies and resources always run low or run down.  But, He has everything I need, when I need it.  Furthermore, He knows what I will need before I am even aware I need it.  How amazing is that?

As I stare down a new phase of our story, and feel the full weight of the pain and ugliness, my heart is heavy.

I’m not up for more pain, more hurt, more anxiety, or more injustice by misguided people.

I don’t want to live out the big fear made reality.

I said this to God in worship that day.  Wearied by just the thought.  I’m just not up for it.  This fear and anxiety and always looking over my shoulder.  The fear of your child having to relive the pain or face down the ugly once again.  I have enjoyed my hard won peace.  We have fought for and found our peace.

But, God helped me understand He has everything I need to handle the story with grace and peace.

HE is EVERYTHING I need for this leg of the journey.

We won’t fight this part of the battle with old, decayed supply.  It is brand new supply from here on out.  He has taught me new wisdom and has strengthened me through old battles, which has prepared me for the new battles to come.

Unlike our earthly supply, He won’t grow stale, run down, or run out.

I can rest in Him, without ceasing, and He will NEVER, EVER fail me.

Furthermore, He saw this coming and is fully prepared to lead us all the way home.  What a relief and peace that comes from this knowing.  He knows my future days to come.  He knew this was the future day to come.  He knew the weaknesses I would feel and will be merciful to me.  He is sufficient supply for whatever I am not.

It stirs my heart encountering the personalized experiences God uses to speak big and powerful messages to me.  He knows the grief and the pain that come surging to the surface in a split moment.  One text can change things.  One email can shatter calm.  But, God knows—He isn’t surprised. He is unending.

Life is often unpredictable.

But God is not.  Many times we are left scratching our heads, searching for answers.  But God does not.

I will rest in the knowing.  I will rest in the peace only He gives.  I will not look into an empty cup.  For it does not exist.  He is my cup that NEVER, EVER runs dry.

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I am wondering.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation which requires something you do not possess on your own?

I would love to hear your comments (post below).  We can learn from each other.

Hope is stirred when a heart has found what it needs…sometimes we need to hear from someone else’s point of triumph or learn from their sting of adversity!

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