Friday, November 4, 2011

Swept Away By His Love

"Even in my weakness, the Savior called my name
In His holy presence I am healed and unashamed.
As I'm carried to the table, seated where I don't belong
Carried to the table, swept away by His love 
And I don't see my brokenness anymore, when I'm seated at the table of the Lord"
Carried to the Table by Leeland

Have you ever had one of those days/weeks/months where you feel like you can't get anything right? Where you keep messing up, and end your days thinking about what could have been and how much better you could have done everything? I'm in one of those times right now. Discouraged, disappointed in myself, frustrated with wasted time, not eating healthy, the list goes on. Sometimes I feel like I just can't get it together. When I keep making mistakes, sometimes the last person I want to go to is Jesus. I've disappointed myself and those around me, so naturally I assume that I've disappointed Him too. Deep down I know that's not how He works, but it's hard to separate God's perfect heart from the brokenness of everyone around us.

The other day I was listening to the song "Carried to the Table" by Leeland, and the line "I don't see my brokenness anymore, when I'm seating at the table of the Lord" really stood out to me. I pictured sitting across a table from Jesus and just staring into His eyes and seeing only love and approval and forgiveness. Not anger, not disappointment, not condemnation. Just a loving Father who is so delighted to have me in His presence with Him. And I was so encouraged and uplifted by that thought. As well as renewed. It almost made me laugh, in a joyful way. I pictured my failures behind me, and a weight lifted off my shoulders as He told me I didn't need to carry that with me anymore. He's not a God of guilt, but of perpetual Grace and second chances. When we fail He's the first person we should run to. Because in our shame and sadness and repentance, he heals us, holds us in His arms, and reminds us how He sees us - as a loved and forgiven child of His. And nothing is more encouraging to me than that. 

"In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength." Isaiah 30:15

xoxo

13 comments:

  1. such a beautiful picture. love it.

    reminds me of: "My Grace is sufficient for you, My power is made perfect in your weakness"

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  2. Oh, I love this. And I love that song. Such a beautiful piece you wrote about-thanks for being so open :) xoxo, Anna

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  3. i love that verse in Isaiah! Isn't it amazing that Christ takes away all of our sins and failures and puts them on Himself...He lifts them off of us and carries the burden because He loves us. He has given his life so that we may live...there is nothing in this life that is better than the grace Christ has given us, amidst all of our mistakes. God is GOOD!

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  4. I love this. I think everyone imagines their first moments in front of the Lord being filled with condemnation, but that's not it at all.

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  5. I've definitely had those days, weeks, months. This is such an encouraging reminder that God sees past our flaws and inadequacies, and had wonderful plans for us in spite of them. How often we forget! Have a wonderful weekend! Xo, Katie

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  6. Sara, I love this post. I am in a season like this right now too. I'm thankful that He LOVES me in spite of myself! ;)

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  7. Such a beautiful post! We all need this reminder :)
    Lovely Little Rants

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  8. So beautifully written, thank you so much. This is something I especially needed to hear today and I think everyone else could use the reminder as well. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  9. Nice post hun!


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  10. Beautiful, Sara. Yes, feel like that, and am blown away thankful every time that because of our Savior, our sins are forgotten and His grace literally covers us!! Amen, sister.

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  11. Dearest Sara B., please forgive my belated post! This was such a powerful, compassionate, grace-filled piece...There is such restoration when I think of this image. My Heavenly Father's non-condeming gaze, filled with unspeakable love. Thank you for the incredible reminder of all our brokenness being instantly healed with His love. Love you my dear and am so humbly proud of your love & devotion to Jesus...xoxo mom

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  12. I totally relate!

    In "How He Loves", the line "I don't have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way you love" gets me every time!

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  13. Thanks! I just read it today and it definitely hit the spot!

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