The Lord has a funny way of using things from the past to impact the present and future. We look all throughout history and see how to actions of those long ago have influenced culture to be both what it is and what it isn’t. Even in scripture how the actions of Moses has continued even today in Israel living free out of bondage. For myself I’ve been having this recently looking back at photos I’d taken. Photos I forgot I took and God has been using these forgotten images to speak to me even now.
I recently re-discovered this photo and I love how you can only see a glimpse of the frosted peaks known as The Remarkable’s the span the scape across the South Island of New Zealand. God likes to give us a glimpse. We may not at first see the full view of what He has in front of us, but get to place our trust in Him knowing that what He has ahead is great. A loving Father is one you can always place your trust in. Sometimes it may be scary because He’s asking you to take a leap of faith with Him. But instead of holding onto security and being comfortable, fall into the destiny He’s laid in front of you. It’s a matter of trust and willingness. [Psalm 56:3]
Even this photo, which I remember taking it like it was yesterday. Waking up 2am to hike a mountain and feeling the chilled breeze through my compromised wind breaker jacket. Don’t compare your growth. This is a phrase that has been a constant reminder and prayer I’ve been telling myself over and over again. When we compare our own growth to the growth of others, we are questioning Gods plan of where He has us in the present. Comparing will inevitably hold you from the potential that God has right in front of you. You just need to embrace it. Sit at His feet and say, “Yes!” To live sustainably, you need to give up comparison. Don’t let it be a competition, that will lead to disappointment. Remember to rejoice and increase in love for one another. [2 Thessalonians 1:3-4]
This past month I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Psalms. Throughout, I’ve noticed how David would continue to re-discover God in all these different moments of his life. Gods goodness, faithfulness, kindness, grace, mercy, and bountiful love that spans across to the end of the world. In our walk with the Father, this should be the case for all of us. Never stopping in our constant re-discovery of who He is. [Psalm 48:14]
Something I did as well was get inked. Yep, you read that right.
I got the New Zealand Silver Fern as both a reminder of what God did in my heart in New Zealand as well as the promise that I would return. The Lord has been showing me in ways more than one that I have a promise land there and this is both a commitment and promise to that. Even though I don’t know when I will return, God has it all planned out.
I pray that the Lord blesses you, your family, your finances, your health, and your relationships. That all that you set your mind and hands too will both prosper and flourish in Jesus name. Thank you for all your prayers, love, and support. It means a lot. If you’d like to help support me, prayer requests and a giving link is below. Much love!
New Zealand | As I mentioned I’ll be returning at some point, but just pray that the country continues to know the Lord as their defender and true God.
Continued Hunger | At times it’s difficult to have that hunger to get in the Word or spend time in prayer, so prayer for that would be appreciated.
Creativity | I’ve felt that I’ve hit a creative block recently and I want to continue to create in film, photography, and more.
Music to check out:
You’ll Find Your Way Home | Grace Stailey
Don’t Let the Enemy in | Land of Color
Shore | Fleet Foxes
Rest - EP | The Gray Havens
Kia Kaha | Te Rautini