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so will i

Family road trips are always refining experience. Last week, I spent over 40 hours in a truck with my five immediate family members (and all of our stuff!). Some moments were calm and allowed for introspection and enjoyment, but other times were chaotic, stressful, and less than pleasant. But as we drove through California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and back, I felt present—more so than I have in quite some time. I therefore would not change any moment, no matter how stress-inducing… because I would choose frustration over apathy and disconnection any day. 

Throughout the week, a single song spoke to the depth of my soul. So Will I (100 Billion X) was on repeat: sometimes Hillsong’s original version, other times the instrumental, and a few times even Tori Kelly’s acoustic cover. (If you’re not already familiar with this song, I encourage you to give it a quick listen before continuing here.)

Repetition allowed me to dwell on the lyrics, and the Lord used these sweet words to breathe life into my collapsing lungs.

The Lord sure does know how to get my attention. So Will I acted as a narrative for the scenery I was seeing out of the truck window. Towering rocks. Rolling hills. Blue lakes, emerald rivers. 

God, whose creativity is a central part of His character, designed this

Snake River

...with no point of reference. He truly created. And us, having been made in His image, began to create as well. The difference between our creative process and His is that we find inspiration in the things that He has made out of nothing. That alone leaves me awestruck.

And His creation reflects His heart. Do you ever just stare at the details of a flower or the majesty beautiful landscape and see God in it? I’ve experienced God in this way many times. His handiwork proclaims His character.  

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The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you!‭ Psalms‬ ‭145:9-10‬

Being the great artist that He is, the Lord pours Himself into every detail of the work that He produces. And He does not abandon the creation once completed. He shows mercy to all that He has made.

No wonder all of the natural world loudly proclaims the majesty of its Creator! His careful attention to the needs of every creature reveals His loving character. All of His design hinges on His great love! 

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The earth kneels in gratitude and praise. So should I. 

Every precious one

A child You died to save

Even greater than God’s love for the fauna and flora is His love for His children. His mercy for each of us surpasses my comprehension; His perfect blood shed for our sinful souls. If nature—which instinctively acts in accordance with His design—praises Him for the mercy He gives, I should all the more!

This also puts into perspective the Biblical charge to love your neighbor.  If You gave Your life to love them so will I. He does not ask us to do what He has not already done. He has given me breath so that I may go and show mercy to His children as he has lavished His grace upon me. 

He loves without reservation. 

So will I.

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