Daily Delight

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I cannot sew to save my life.
It's funny, because my mom is a master seamstress. She's told me stories of growing up, where she'd stop at the fabric store in the afternoons, and by nightfall she'd have a new dress for school the next day.
Me, however? Not so much. I would try to sew if a button popped off or a seam split, but I never got the hang of it. Everything would unravel and not hold up like it was supposed to.
So whenever I have a sewing emergency, I leave it to mom. She's the master, she knows better than I do. So I just let her do it instead of letting myself try to do it on my own, making everything a bigger mess than it was.

You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
You have surrounded me on every side, behind me and before me,
    and You have placed Your hand gently on my shoulder.
~Psalm 139:5 (NIV and The Voice translations, respectively)

To hem something in is typically defined as to enclose or surround, to envelop in something.
He surrounds me. No matter how far I go, I can't get away. On every side, He's there, holding me in.
Despite this, I still want control. I don't want to relinquish myself, though I know He has me in the palm of His hand. I'd rather take care of myself, even when life has shown me how well that strategy works (hint: it doesn't). Then life becomes stressful, chaotic. I realize quickly how little control I have, despite trying to trick myself into thinking I know what I’m doing.
I make a mess of myself when I forget that I hemmed in.
I don't have a grasp of myself or my life without Him holding me in.

He hems us in. He surrounds us, sisters. Even when our world feels like it’s crashing down around us. When life feels out of control is when we remember that we don’t have control- He does.
He doesn’t leave us, even if we want Him to.
He doesn’t fall- no matter how far we slip, we cannot slip from his grasp.
He hems us into Himself, and promises to never let us go- despite our desperate desire to hold it all together ourselves.

We can’t get away from Him, no matter how far we run-- He is always there, always waiting for us to see how much better life is when we choose to relinquish control- and let Him hold everything we have.

He's hemmed us in, sisters- surrounded on all sides. He goes before us and behind us and holds us in tight. So instead of trying to have it all together,  let us choose to relinquish our mess. He can fix it, He can provide comfort, he can take what we've started and make something much better out of it than we can on my own. Let’s truly let Him hold us in, instead of us trying to hold ourselves up.

Let’s live life knowing that He has it in the palm of His hand-- for we cannot truly be free until we realize how hemmed in we are by Him.

{photo: @bethno13}

About the Author

Jordan Taylor is a 22 year old student living in the suburbs of Nashville, her lifelong hometown. She is currently studying to be an English teacher, and hopes to have a classroom full of crazy, loud middle schoolers in her near future! Jordan enjoys reading, long walks (anywhere, not just the beach!), crafting, listening to music, playing with her pug, Lola, and writing. She is learning how to be brave, love adventure, and try new things (a lifetime work in progress!). Jordan loves Jesus with all that she is, and is learning to let Him love her too. She enjoys rambling and writing about her faith at her blog, http://taylorjm.blogspot.com/, and is excited to share her journey with you all on DOD!


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