“Dwell In Possibility”: A Spacious Place

Emily Dickinson invites us to “dwell in possibility.” Isn’t that an inspiring thought? Our actions often come out of a much different place…perhaps fear or pride or disillusionment. Life shapes us, & experience teaches most of us to cautiously lower our expectations. Instead of living from a typical place of negativity & cynicism, with our eyes focused on circumstances…what if we “let [our] faith be bigger than [our] fear (unknown)”, & accepted Emily’s invitation to dwell in possibility, & fixed our gaze on our omnipresent & omnipotent God? We are safe in Him. The Psalmist tells us that He “hems us in” (Psalm 139:5a), that “the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man that trusts in Him” (Psalm 32:10). He delights to soar to our rescue, & sets us in a spacious place (Psalms 18:19).
We often think hope is a place of beginning, but Scripture teaches us it is the end result of a life surrendered to God: “…we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, & character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us” (Romans 5:4b-5). Hope will  i disappoint us if it is anchored in Him. Grounded in Him, we must determine we won’t make decisions out of fear, or let our lives be marked by disappointment. Instead, we will dwell in possibility, in hope. As Paul prayed for the Roman church: “May the God of hope fill YOU with all joy & peace AS you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

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