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Empty Wells vs. God’s Infinite Love: A REACH Update

By Morgan, Leader of REACH Team Thailand

To be honest, I’m having quite a hard time coming up with the words to explain what happened or even express all that I have learned in the last two, very full weeks. When you boil a lot of it down, it all points to God’s love. It can sound so cliché, yet I’ve seen, once again, how foundational of a concept it is. It’s in the heart of the gospel and it has so much depth. In its perfection I find myself somewhere in the middle of it all, trying to comprehend the incomprehensible.

Of the many concepts presented to us this week, one that stuck out to me was the whole idea of “stepping into” the momentum of Jesus and his love and righteousness. It is not by any act of our own doing, but it is by the act of Jesus on the cross, allowing us to receive the gift which we are so unworthy to receive. Sadly enough, it’s easy for me to get caught in the mindset of trying to earn God’s love or come up with something to offer in exchange for it. But that isn’t what he is asking of us. He has completed the work and declared, “It is finished!” He has freely given us his unconditional love and grace, and nothing we can do will change His love.

“I’m also walking away with a freedom to rest in who Jesus is and knowing that I don’t have to have all of the answers or know where each piece of life is supposed to fit in the puzzle.”This week we spent a lot of time looking at the “empty wells” we run to that only result in being void, fears we may be living out of, hurts that cripple, etc. We’ve looked at the ways that Jesus steps into those and speaks truth into all of the brokenness, and his redeeming work. As a result I’m walking away with a deeper gratitude for all that Jesus is, a deeper bond with the other participants, some answers, many questions, and a lot to think about. However, I’m also walking away with a freedom to rest in who Jesus is and knowing that I don’t have to have all of the answers or know where each piece of life is supposed to fit in the puzzle. Jesus sees, understands, and loves me where I’m at. I don’t need to try to rush ahead; I can live in the precious moments of today.