Sitting in the living room, August 2nd, 2014, three days before we are to leave for Africa the first time. I am in a panic because I don’t want to leave my four youngest children behind. I am worried about what will happen to them if something happens to us. Doubt, worry, anxiety all creep into my soul and send me into a downward spiral. I retreated to the living room rocking chair with my bible, by myself as everyone else slept. I couldn’t go to Africa, I just couldn’t. I am responsible to raise the children God has given me and how can I do that if something happens?
I cried out to the Lord and He told me to read in Deuteronomy so I did. I started from the beginning and read until I got to Chapter 3 verse 24. IT said this, “O sovereign Lord, you have just begun to show your servant your greatness and strong hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such acts and mighty works as yours?” When I read that in my heart I said, “if you are just beginning to show me your greatness, then I know I will return home for you have much to show me yet” I had peace from that point on.
I had no idea how God would use the phrase “Just the beginning” in our lives after that. He showed me that just when I think I am starting to see who He is and what He is like he blows me away by showing me something new and amazing about Himself and I feel like I am right back to the place of feeling like I am just beginning to know who He is. He is so great and His ways so much higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts, that I truly believe I will always be at the place of “just beginning” to know Him. Then one day when I stand before the throne and he welcomes me home..He shall say..”It is just the beginning”. For every day will be just the beginning of being with my God and being in His presence and surrounded by His glory.
So may we always wake up with fresh eyes to see something new about our God that we hadn’t know before and hearts teachable and minds open to be shown new and awesome things about our creator God. He wants to show us more of who He is everyday. HE says that those who seek me will find me when they seek me with all of their hearts and I will be found by them, declares the Lord..in Jeremiah 29. So let us seek Him and find Him, let us seek Him with all of our hearts.
The Herricks Family