happy almost weekend!
This is my last lazy week for awhile. Next week I’ll be a camp counselor for the first time (woo!) for 2 weeks, so it’ll be a bit crazy busy ’round here.
This week’s word for five minute friday is:
I wrote just a few days ago about how I wanted more out of friendship and community. Kate’s got good timing on words. haha. (you should go read that post, it’s a good one, me thinks).
But right now, I’m wanting something else.
I’m reading through Ephesians right now with my friend Kelsey; I struggle a lot with reading scripture alone so we decided to go through it together (i’m supposed to be reading it in prep for camp). Today we tackled chapter 2, which is now one of my favorite books ever.
There were two verses that kind of gripped me:
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought nearby the blood of Christ. (v. 14 NIV)
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundationof the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy templein the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (V 19-22, emphasis on 22 mine)
I want to be near to Him. I want to know him better and not be plagued by distance. It reminds me of the prodigal son: no matter how far I am away, He is waiting to run towards me with arms wide open.
I want to be where He dwells. I want Him to be near, working and dwelling within me. That verse reminds me of the song Sanctuary, one I sang throughout my youth group days.
Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary
pure and holy
tried and true
I’ll be a living Sanctuary for You.
A few days ago one of my former youth group leaders posted a video of his son singing the song, and it brought so much joy to my heart– and the song hasn’t left my mind since.
I want to see what that looks like in my life. What does it mean to be a living sanctuary for Him to dwell in?
I want to be near to God. I want to be a sanctuary for him to dwell in.
I want more out of my faith than I’ve given God the past few years; slowly,but surely, i’m figuring out how to get there.
This word reminded me of this song, a new single off Switchfoot’s soon-to-be-released album (comes out the day after my birthday, holler). “Take me broken, make me one; break the silence and make it a song. Life is short, I want to live it well. And you’re the one I’m living for.”