It’s so easy to get caught up in the “today” of life—whatever current struggle, celebration or lesson we are in. Lately I’ve been reflecting a great deal on my life as a whole, and specifically on the person I am today as opposed to 10 years ago.
“I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.”-Psalm 31:7-8 (NIV)
I think this is something we all need to do. And often. We dream and aspire and hope for all things in the future, but how full can our hearts be when we sit in His presence with the heart of Psalm 31? To reflect on where we’ve been, and rejoice for His goodness to carry us through all things.The word spacious means, “broad in scope, range, inclusiveness; of a great extent or area, broad, great.” When we reflect on our lives through the lens of this verse, painted there is such a beautiful and accurate picture of the spacious, vast field of possibility and freedom we are living in because of Christ. All possibilities are yours in Him.
What if we look at what this verse says we are not doing? If we have been planted in a spacious place, then we must not be living in a place of nonspaciousness. The antonyms of “spacious” are small and cramped.
Like a prison cell.
Like how it feels when we’re covered in shame or guilt.
That is not where we are. We are free to roam in the goodness of His love and mercy. He didn’t hand us over to a prison cell, but has set us free. Glory!
What does this mean for you today? May I encourage you to spend some time in the presence of your Savior, and joyful receive the spacious life? Ask Him to show you where you are unnecessarily “staying put” and not freely exploring all that He has given you. This free life is a spacious one and we are so blessed to get to live it this way.