The Glance

You have captured my heart, my treasure, my bride. You hold it hostage with one glance of your eyes, with a single jewel of your necklace.” – Song of Solomon 4:9 NLT

I haven’t been at my best lately.

I’ve felt that way for a while now. The current challenges have just furthered that assessment. It’s been a time of purging and pruning some of the old, to make way for the new. Even though He’s given me that insight, and I know it is a necessary and even good process, some of what is coming out isn’t very pretty. That often makes me frustrated—mostly with myself.

I don’t know about you, but most of the time, I don’t have a ton of grace for myself. For others, sure, but for me, not so much.

That is, until I’m face to face with Him.

There, with the light of His face shining upon me, He reveals thoughts toward me that are usually quite opposite my own thoughts. There, in His presence … even when I’m at my weakest and most vulnerable … even when I feel like faith and trust are lacking … He smiles upon me. And in that smile, He reveals…

-He’s not frustrated with me

-He’s not disappointed in me

-He doesn’t think I’m slow or that I’m failing

-He doesn’t think I lack faith or trust

-He doesn’t think I’m too weak or too weary to move forward

In fact, He says I’m still His favorite. I still move Him. He’s still proud of me. He knows what it has cost to stand. He sees what no one else sees. He loves me like no one else loves me.

And with every single glance in His direction, I still capture and captivate His heart.

I’ve desperately needed to know that lately.

But those words; those thoughts are not just for me…

They are for many of you.

They are for the ones who were weary before the current drama. For the ones who have been battling in secret for a long, long time. The ones who deeply and desperately long to please Him but often fear missing the mark. Today, you need to hear this:

You—yes YOU—have captured His heart with one glance of your eyes. You are still His favorite. He is still for you. He is still crazy, over-the-moon, amazingly proud of you.

And now, always, and forever, He loves you more than you will ever comprehend.

Jesus, thank You for Your ridiculous mercy. Thank You for Your patient, kind love. Thank You for really, really liking me. Thank You for never giving up on me. Thank You for getting me. Thank You for the privilege of moving Your heart. Thank You that I am simply Yours. I love You, Lord—always and forever. ~Amen.

I hear Him saying: The season has changed, the bondage of your barren winter has ended…

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