Central Coast Mood

Shell Beach, California

Gallery: Central Coast

You take away—and give again...

This was taken at a pivotal moment in my life. I had just had a very bad experience in my previous employment, and I was pretty angry and pretty hurt. Then God showed me this. No, all my anger and pain didn’t just melt away, but the Lord whispered to me while revealing yet another masterpiece: “I know I don’t make sense right now, but I know what I’m doing.”

I had planned to post it to Instagram with the thoughts that came to mind at the time. It’s been a while, but the words still matter. They refer to the worship song “Blessed be Your Name“:

The lyrics say: “You give and take away,” but in the dark seasons it feels so much more like “You take and give away—to someone else.” And it hurts. A lot. But then come the moments when Jesus reminds me of all He is, and how much He values me, and the truest words are: “You take away—and give again.”

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