My journal is a scary place right now.
And I’m starting a new one tomorrow.
It’s mainly notes from 8 weeks or so of class here in Spain with bits and pieces of thoughts and revelation intertwined in the pages.
I’ve sorted a lot of it out through asking questions and conversations over coffee, tea and wine. But the pages of my journal are a mess of words, phrases and scribbles.
And if there is one theme that weaves it’s way through all of it, it’s the theme of identity.
We talk about identity so much in this world. And as someone who has spent most of her Christian life in bible studies with groups of women it’s a topic that causes me to roll my eyes.
I don’t think we need to SEARCH so hard for our identity.
I think it just comes to us.
That’s why my journal is peppered with talk of identity.
Because as I learn more and more about this new face of Jesus I’m seeing who I am.
We live this life where we strive to find identity in everything that we do. In everywhere we go.
But what if we didn’t need to strive? What if we didn’t need to search for things that give us clues to who we are but what if instead we searched to learn about who Jesus was and is presently.
I’ve been learning something beautiful the last 2 months: I’ve been learning about who God IS. And he definitely isn’t a lot of what I’ve heard all my life.
He’s joyous. He delights in us. He gives us keys to the plans he has and tells us to run with them. He does not want to check our every decision.
He just wants us to be who he created us to be. Because those creations are vibrant and lovely already.
So while I’ve been searching for this identity it’s honestly been right in my front of my face.
I am who God created me to be.
I don’t need bible studies or books or anything to figure that out.
I just need to walk arm and arm with God and hear what he tells me, through so many varities of ways and I need to pick up what’s meant for me.
Nothing more, nothing less