I’m hiding in a classroom right now. My campus is on lockdown, but I’m not afraid. I was at first. But today I’ve just been hearing a lot about the Lord and the truth that He is a refuge I am to abide in. I was thinking about that in terms of my refuge from struggles in life, but a literal, physical refuge is true, too. He is my refuge from all that would come to hurt me, and He sees me and knows.
I was told today that when Jesus said to abide in His love, He used a Greek word that is also used to mean “abode.” He wasn’t simply asking me to be in the presence of His love– He was and is asking me to make my home inside His love. My home. Where I live and feel at rest and host others. Home.
I’m at my house now, released from the lockdown, and everyone is safe. And I cannot forget that when I was in that dark classroom with a few classmates and professors, I was praying for those in direct danger. I prayed such strange things that didn’t seem to fit what I assumed the situation was– and later, we were notified that I had been wrong about the situation. My prayers had made total, complete sense. The Lord cares about us so much that He prayed with me because I didn’t have details. He sees and knows, friend.
As I prayed, I looked down at my hands. They were palm up, and one was raised a little higher than the other. Thoughts began swirling in my head, and soon they were all pieced together to become a declaration of truth. This truth was for the dangerous situation, yes, but it was also for so much more. It was for a friend who’s been trying to piece their broken heart together for months; for a friend who feels pressured and rushed and confused when all they want to do is live life in love; for a friend who is battling painful, wearying illness within their body; for a friend whose world completely crashed a few days ago, leaving them utterly stunned and broken. It was for me, about to leave a lot behind and walk into the unknown with His word as my only guide. And maybe it was for you. Yes, I think it was. The truth was this:
The deeper the pit, the higher the Lord is lifted.
Friend… I know it’s hard. This trouble feels so deep. Some days you feel like you can look up and only see a speck of light, because you are so far down in the pain and despair. But the Lord wants you to know that it is in this place you will see His glory more brilliantly than you ever have before. The depth of this pain is drilling a well for His wellspring of life to take even greater residence in you. It may look bleak now, but friend– oh, dear friend– be prepared for glory. The Lord is going to be lifted up because of this place you’re in, and He’s taking you with Him. Be prepared for glory.
As you await the coming glory that the Lord is going to bring out of this, abide in His love. “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you,” He says (John 15:7).
“Abide in my love.”