A Spacious Place – Part 2

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Last time I shared a bit about my confining health in A Spacious Place 1. If you haven’t read it yet, please go back and read it now.

One day, I remember being particularly miserable and feeling isolated. The Psalms have always offered balm to my soul and as I read Psalm 31:8 “You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.”  I allowed myself to wonder…

 What would a spacious place look like for me? 

My soul was in a bitter conflict: Where was this spacious place? Could I claim the destination of “healed” by faith or was it a place that I could find rest?  Can I get to this place even if my health didn’t change?

And over the years, as I continued to read the Bible, I found other mentions of this spacious place where I so badly wanted to be. Slowly, began to see a glimmer of promise and even a glimpse of how He sees me.

2 Sam 22:20He brought me out to a spacious place. He delivered me because he delighted in me.”

Psa 118:5 “I called to the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me [and put me] in a spacious place.”

Psa 18:19 “He brought me out to a spacious place; he delivered me, for in me he takes delight.”

A Place with Room to Grow

The wide-open, spacious place wasn’t just for me when I was healed but was available for me even when I was sick. (Psa 119:114) Something happened there, I found that even in that tight, unbearable spot I began to grow. The Lord wanted to be with me in the ugly, messy, itchy, uncomfortable, hopeless situation! It is only in Him that I find my rest and freedom…not in a change of my circumstance or health. (Hebrews 4:9-11)

When I asked Him to be with me, to join me in the straightjacket of Eczema, Jesus became my spacious place. 

So, my friend, as you read my story, do you find your soul longing for your situation to change? For an illness to be removed, a hardship eased, or a heartache erased? Are you yearning for a spacious place of your own?

For now:

  1. Write the verses on a recipe card
  2. Look at them several times a day and think about them and what they could mean for you and your situation
  3. Thank God for what He is about to do (notice the past tense in the verses listed)
  4. These next few weeks I want to share what has happened and take you with me to some spacious places that I haven’t visited in quite some time.

Do you know someone in an uncomfortable position or who has debilitating Eczema? Please share this post on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest!  Let’s help others walk out into a Spacious Place!

Come back because next time I want to share something that happened I think is miraculous!!

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