Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Everyone Loves a Good Parade

The marching band is heard before you ever see the procession. Music drifts through the air, while you wait in anticipation to see the elaborately decorated floats. The excitement is tangible.

Everyone loves a good parade.

I am no exception.

But I’m talking about a different kind of parade.

In Exodus 33 when Moses asked the Lord, “Please show me your glory.” The Lord responded, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’”

Several years ago, in a difficult season, God showed up at every turn, every day and in amazing ways. A friend shared the verse above and said that was what my life was like, “His goodness passing before me.” It made me think of a parade.

He is doing it again in a slightly different way.

Over the last several months I have seen many people that I have known over the 17 years I have lived in Georgia. It has been like a parade. As I see each person, memories come flooding back, where we met, what we did together and how the Lord showed up. It has been nostalgically, overwhelming and I’m grateful.

I am grateful because I love these people.

I am grateful because He is the same God.

With Him, there are no coincidences. Every parade has a theme and this one is no different. This is a parade of remembrance, seeing all the goodness, through people, pass before me, again.

I thank my God every time I remember you. Philippians 1:3

With these friends, there were good times - small groups, prayer sessions, worship nights, and even good cry sessions. This season has brought redemption to my heart. When it comes in a procession His overwhelming love is evident. I can’t help be aware of His faithfulness, His goodness and His care in my life.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Not sure why the recent influx of friends past, but I know the Lord is showing me something and the constant reminder of all the people He has brought into my life is a great place to be this Thanksgiving.
...and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord,“For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,”...2 Chronicles 5:13

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