“You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way,
and in kindness you follow behind me
to spare me from the harm of my past.
You have laid your hand on me!
This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible!
Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength.[b]
Where could I go from your Spirit?
Where could I run and hide from your face?”
Not long ago I hiked in the woods with a friend. Rain had just fallen the night before, the ground was wet and muddy, my shoes were soaked. There were areas where we were forced to slow so we didn’t slip and fall and spaces where we trudged through puddles, but moved quick along the trail.
Isn’t that so indicative of life? We have seasons where the path is worn, easy to navigate and travel upon with ease and then others where we feel as though we’re weathering the after effects of a storm. If we were to look back we could reflect on where we’ve been, hardships that the Lord has brought us through.
I love how the NIV version of Psalm 139 says, “You hem me in…” Isn’t that just a beautiful picture of how He knits Himself together with us?
- Hem in means “ surround someone or something”
Just like the trees hem in the trail, so does His love for us and desire to see us live in the purpose He has designed us for. In truth I love the entire passage because it’s such a beautiful and intricate reminder of the time and detail our Heavenly Father thought out when He formed us. Before we were more than a thought, He had already knew us so intimately.
Are you living rooted in the knowledge of how He created you to be hemmed into Him?
I believe there are 3 things that keep us from being Hemmed In to Him:
- 1. We’re the first to believe that mantel is for someone else
- 2. We need to see what He’s doing in real time to trust He’s paving the way
- 3. We get stuck on our past and think it limits how God can use us
If this is you today, spend some time praying
- Thanking Him for all He’s done
- Be willing to step out and step into what He has for you
- Asking Him for divine appointments where you can live into what He’s calling you in to.
Heavenly Father, thank you for my sweet friend. I pray that you will give her visions of you hemming her in. Show her how you’ve knitted her together with so much intention and purpose. You’ve given her unique gifts and talents, woven in so she can live fully into your calling on her life. Give her the courage to lean into what you are speaking to her and step out in faith to fulfill her destiny. Thank you for the work you’re already doing in her life. I pray she continues to encounter you daily. Amen
May you feel His love enveloping you today friend,