Lay your head down tonightfrom Glorious Unfolding by Steven Curtis Chapman
Take a rest from the fight
Don’t try to figure it out
Just listen to what i’m whispering to your heart
‘Cause I know this is not
Anything like you thought
The story of your life was gonna be
And it feels like the end has started closing in on you
But it’s just not true
There’s so much of the story that’s still yet to unfold
Every time I hear Steven Curtis Chapman’s song, Glorious Unfolding, it encourages me to pause and to listen to God’s whisper to me that this is just a beginning. This is just the beginning of the beginning because there is nothing He can’t do in my life.
Read those words again if you’re like me and find yourself wondering, what’s the point, about the things you’re considering doing tonight, tomorrow, right now. This is just the beginning of the beginning. What an incredible promise from the Creator. It’s a promise that says there is nothing God can’t do in me or in my life, no matter what.
No matter what.
No matter how much time I think I’ve wasted or how little I think I’ve accomplished so far. God doesn’t need much to work with and he definitely doesn’t require me to be perfect. He will take what little I offer Him – think loaves and fishes (John 6:1-14) – and He will do miraculous things with my small offering.
Because there is nothing He can’t do in my life.
And there’s nothing He can’t do in yours. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how you see yourself or how broken you think you are or how messed up you feel. Today is just the beginning of the beginning. It doesn’t matter what your life looks like from the surface.
God is not swayed by the surface of our lives. He is searching our hearts. He is prepared to do great things if we are prepared to let Him. He will take your sincere efforts no matter how small and use them in mighty ways for His good purpose. Because we each have a part in His story right here, right now.
What we do in faith has the potential to influence many. Incredible potential.
So friends, don’t accept the lies. Don’t quit. Don’t give up. I pray you live out the dream that calls you forward because it matters. Write those words, start that ministry, run that race. Fail. Fall. Try again. Trust. Love. Abide. Rest. Listen. Breathe. Believe.
Believe today is just the beginning of the beginning.
You matter. Your story is important. And it’s glorious. It can be way too easy to believe it’s too late and you’ve wasted too much time. But hear this: it’s time to begin (again). For those of you like me, your story may just be beginning no matter where you think you are right now.