So, I’m trying this new thing.
I’m calling it, wait for it …
Which basically involves being attentive to what I eat, making healthier food choices, and walking on the treadmill.
Today marks day #17 and so far I have been on the treadmill 16 of those 17 days. I even jogged a bit today if you consider bursts of 30-45 second increments jogging.
I’m calling that jogging.
Also, I’ve lost 9.4 pounds in a little over two weeks and you better believe I’m counting those 4 ounces.
But that’s not the point of sharing this. Today as I was walk/“jogging” I was listening to one of my new favorite songs (link below) and this is what came to me. I recorded it as a voice memo as I “jogged.” I’ll spare you the huffing and puffing and just share the words.
“You called my name
And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness
Into Your glorious day”
The God of the universe called my name.
And He calls your name.
He calls us to life.
And some of us are still in that grave.
We’re hiding in the tomb that Jesus died to bring us out of.
We’re scared to come out into the light and into His love because the grave, the tomb is what we know.
And so we hide. We hide from love. We think we are “safe” if we stay where we know.
But what He has waiting for us when we run out of that grave …
When we leave the grave clothes behind …
When we leave the chains, the bondage to sin and death behind …
When we run out in the courage and boldness that can only come from Him, from His Holy Spirit
When we run out of that tomb fully aware of our own weakness through which comes His strength
Out of that tomb He is waiting with open arms
He waits for you and for me to come to Him, fully, surrendering all, no holding back, to come to Him
Do you see Him standing before you? Do you hear Him call your name?
There He is, in the full light of His love just waiting to embrace you, to wrap His arms around you, to pick you up in His love, to hold you aloft and twirl you around in His love, to call you by name and say:
“Daughter, you are mine. You are my chosen. You are my beloved. You wear my crown. You carry my Spirit. I live in you. Wherever you go, I am with you. Whatever you do, I am there. Whatever you say, listen to my Holy Spirit guiding you and prompting you and I will never, ever let you down.
I have immeasurable riches and goodness and grace and love and mercy that I want to give you.
But, sweetheart, you have to come out of that grave.
Leave the darkness of the tomb. Leave the grave clothes and the bondage and the chains and the sin. Leave the safety and security that you think you have behind.
There is no safer place than in my arms.
You have to trust me.
Will you trust me?
Will you surrender?
Will you give up what you know and what you have known for your whole life and step into what I want to give you?
Because it is good.
It is good because I love you.
Come to me.
Stay with me.
Cling to me.
Whatever may come.
Don’t run back to your old self.
Don’t run back to that grave.
Don’t run back to the comfort and the safety that you think you have there.
It isn’t real.
And my love for you is.
Don’t run back.
My name is Tara. I am a mama, a wife, a teacher, a sister, a daughter, and most importantly a follower of Jesus and a child of God. I have two little boys who love to run and jump and yell and scream and seem to love being attached to their Mama; Smith who is 6 and Charlie James who is 3. I have also been blessed with a “bonus” child, my stepdaughter Kaleigh, who just turned 12 and does her best to tolerate the antics of her little brothers.