Finding God in One Another

What seems to be occupying my mind the most these days is, well, all of you.

Whoever you are..some friends, my husband, probably my mom, strangers, ones I went to school with, mommas, ones young or old...I keep being reminded that we are all connected.
We are all meant to be apart of each other's lives in the big and small ways, probably even ways that you don't recognize as important. But nonetheless we are tethered.


Maybe it's totally cheesy and common knowledge, or maybe confusing and hard to accept - but we are all humans made by the same God, I believe. But it's more than just being made by Him that makes us tethered, it's that we are all made in His image, to glorify Him and to exalt Him with our lives.

Do you feel connected in that way too?
Romans 1:19-20 says this:

19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. (NLT)

It's why we feel so drawn to go out into the world and see everything right? It's the fall day when you walk outside and you feel like you are taking your very first breath all over again. The glory of God. We long for it, whether or not you know that you are searching, my friend, you can find it everywhere.
It's easy to look at miraculous landscapes and drive toward the mountains and the sea, or even read something in a book, have the most delicious meal, or hold a new born baby and to feel the pull toward a deeper level of intimacy with the world and the One who created it and holds all things together.
But maybe the most uncommon place that we look for it is in each other.

Do you know how many verses in the Bible use the words, "one another"?
Quite a bit.
And as I have read them lately I am reminded that we need one another more than we think we do.

And I am saying this from a place deep in my heart that gets discouraged when I feel alone and in a wilderness.
I need you.
I need your story, your encouragement, your hope, your perspective, your kindness.

And I am saying this from another place in my heart that often whispers me lies that make me believe that my story isn't worthy of sharing and that I am a burden.
Woven throughout our story is a greater story - one of redemption and glory.
That greater story, it’s for all of us.
We need each other.

Your story, your season, your loss, your triumph are not only huge moments in your life that God is using but they are so impactful for the other people in your life.
And that is why you and your story are important.
Maybe you don't feel like the season you are in is producing any good fruit or you feel like you have been stuck for longer than you expected and you think you sound like a broken record when others ask how your life is going.

I just want to scream from the mountain tops that the season that you are in is not wasted!

Because when you share your life with your friends, family, moms and dads, grandparents, your kids, your social media followers, the person at the grocery store - I know they are getting a glimpse of God.


I know that you probably didn't come to my blog to read some Bible verses, but I am going to share more with you anyway. Because those words about "one another" can be summed up way more clearly by The God who created us all and intended for us to live in unity with Him and one another from the beginning than anything I could ever write.


9 "Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[e] and take delight in honoring each other." Romans 12:9-10 NLT

9" For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. 10 Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. 11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. "1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 NLT

23 "Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." Hebrews 10:23-25 N:T

32 "Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32 NLT
2 "Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2 NLT
3 "All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. 7 We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us." 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 NLT


I just love that last passage. He comforts us so that we can comfort others.
We can give and give and give what The Lord our God has given us. That is why nothing is wasted. No season, no circumstance, no year, no day. God works, worked, and is still working in your life wherever you are and it is for His glory not only in your life but also to be given and shared to those who you come in contact with each day so that they may know and find The Giver of life, hope, and comfort, too.
Your hurt can bring new perspective not just to yourself but to your spouse. Your triumph can bring new hope to your coworker. Your perseverance through suffering can recharge your neighbor who doesn't feel like she can make it through. Your excitement can light up a downcast family. Your loss can bring great comfort to your brother or sister who has lost too.
Theres just more. That's what I feel. More than we know, more than we see.
But I can feel it. What The Lord puts in our lives are meant for so much more.
We can change each other when we allow God to change our ourselves.
There is no wrong season of life.
Of that I am sure.


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