In Good Hands, Bianca Juarez

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Today’s “How He Loves” post is from Bianca Juarez. Bianca Juarez is a fireball. A fireball. A fire ball. I don’t know when, if ever, I’ve encountered someone whose light shone as bright. I met Bianca briefly at Catalyst West and have loved keeping up with her online, but can’t wait to have some more face time.

Find her blog here.

And her twitter her.

How He loves us, oh how He loves us.

How He loves us so…

The plane creaked loudly as we ascended into the clouds for a two-hour flight back to Los Angeles. To the left of me a thin Japanese man with wire-rimmed glasses neatly placed his feet on top of his black slip-on shoes. To the right of me a young, Midwest guy wore his sunglasses inside the plane and ordered a BudLight before takeoff. I hate sitting in the middle seat, I said to myself as we reached cruising altitude.

The Japanese man smiled and slightly bowed his head, an action I knew indicated a greeting. I spoke the few Japanese phrases I knew. He spoke the few English phrases he knew. And, please don’t ask me why, I spoke louder and slower as if he was losing his hearing like all Americans do when speaking to foreigners.

The pilot came on the PA and interrupted our hand gestures and hilarious communication tactics to inform us we were approaching heavy turbulence.

Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,

bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy…

The plane bounced so hard the flight attendant slammed against a seat as she scrambled toward the back of the plane. The Japanese man immediately went pale, his white knuckles clutching the armrests. Mr. Sunglasses was all but silent until we took a massive dip and he let out a high-pitched yelp of fear. Immediately I began to pray with a fervency I haven’t felt in months.

And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,

I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,

When I think about, the way

In that moment of sheer panic I frenetically whispered, “He loves us, oh how He loves us. He loves us, oh how he loves us.” I repeatedly sang out the words with my eyes closed until the violent shaking and tumbling stopped.

When all of a sudden,

I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,

And I realize just how beautiful You are,

And how great Your affections are for me.

No one moved until the pilot broke the silence. “It’s all good, ladies and gentlemen. Sometimes we go through some rough shaking, but rest assured. You’re in good hands,” he said with a confident laugh.

All of sudden I felt the overwhelming love and power of a God who fiercely love us. Yes, us. My Japanese brother, Mr. BudLight, the lady with the crying baby in 13D, all of us. Like the pilot said, sometimes we to go through rough shaking, but in those moments of shaking, rest assured. We are in good hands.

Oh how He loves us. How he loves us so…

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dog Molly, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/rebeccannb rebeccannb

    Beautiful! I need to let that soak in a bit today
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    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Bianca_Juarez Bianca_Juarez

      Thanks, Rebecca! Your support is much appreciated :)
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  • http://www.ricianne.com patricia

    Girl. U just preached!

    even if He sometimes allows us to be shaken like a polaroid picture, He really, really loves us so! :)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Bianca_Juarez Bianca_Juarez

      Hahahaha! You made me laugh. Maybe this is very carnal, but when you wrote, "shaken like a polaroid picture" I thought of Outkast. I know, I know, pray for me ;)
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      • http://www.ricianne.com patricia

        in the prophetic words of andre3000 “shake it, shake it, shake it”

        Hebrews 12:26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”[a] 27The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain”

        konichiwa.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

          i don't think i'd be friends with anyone who didn't think of Outkast at the mention of those words. :)

      • http://www.sarahmarkley.com Sarah Markley

        i thought of outkast too. (and a very bad weekend long ago in Las Vegas…)
        My recent post Turning Fear on It’s Side

  • http://www.sarahmarkley.com Sarah Markley

    beautiful friend.

    i've been there, except i don't know any japanese. i'm impressed.
    My recent post Turning Fear on It’s Side

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Bianca_Juarez Bianca_Juarez

      Arigato gozimas! ;) [<----That means thank you]

      What can I say? I'm the woman you go to for random information that doesn't matter ;)
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  • http://twitter.com/jsfig @jsfig

    I don't think they're could have been a more perfect time for me to read this post and listen to this song. As you know there is a bit of turbulence going on in my world but I need to rest assured that I'm in good hands. Yesterday

  • http://twitter.com/jsfig @jsfig

    oops (cont) I decided to stop dreaming. Today, I realized that I need to dream big. The turbulence is just for a moment, and It's all good because He loves us! Thank you for inspiring and motivating me without even saying a word! xoxo

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/lashorne lashorne

    B- I don't have words to describe… We sing this song at church and I'm usually caught up by the chorus “He loves us, oh how He loves us. He loves us, oh how he loves us.” I am so thankful that he loves me!!!____It spoke to my heart today… your illustration of the turbulence we sometimes experience in life… it can be inconvenient, uncomfortable and just down-right frightul… BUT… “He loves us, oh how He loves us. He loves us, oh how he loves us.”____Thank you…
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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JasonWert JasonWert

    Posts like that are why Bianca is starting to get a lot of attention. She has a real gift for communication.
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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/taminprogress taminprogress

    you've made this song come alive for me even more. each verse of it you quoted demanded its own attention.

    and the story reminds me that i should ever expect to be 'above' the turbulences of life. God knows those times are often required to bring me back to the awareness of His love for me.

    love your writing!
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    • http://refineus.org Justin and Trisha

      "In those moments of shaking, rest assured." I often try to avoid the shaking, the turbulence, the rocky parts of life. I should know by now, it is in those moments that God's presence is felt the most. Great post!
      My recent post Unspoken Expectations

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/davisfamily05 Justin and Trisha

    "In those moments of shaking, rest assured." I often try to avoid the shaking, the turbulence, the rocky parts of life. I should know by now, it is in those moments that God's presence is felt the most. Great post!

    My recent post Unspoken Expectations

  • http://twitter.com/jasminestar @jasminestar

    LOVED this post, Bi! Keep on rocking it out! :)
    j*

  • http://twitter.com/johannaprice @johannaprice

    Whew. This brought tears to my eyes. Perfect metaphor.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/jennyrain JennyRain

    I soooo dig what the pilot said! Wow!

    It reminds me of Isaiah 54:10
    Though the mountains be shaken
    and the hills be removed,
    yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
    nor my covenant of peace be removed,"
    says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

    And Isaiah 30:20-21
    Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

    Eeee you have just made those scriptures come alive in a new way for me today B!

    (Lindsey – have I mentioned I LOVE this series?) :)
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    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lindsey_Nobles Lindsey_Nobles

      why yes, you have :)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/prudychick prudychick

    This is so beautiful. Even in our physically turbulent times there is someone with us. His love far exceeds the rough patch we're in.

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  • Makeda

    "sometimes we to go through rough shaking, but in those moments of shaking, rest assured. We are in good hands." This was a beautiful post. Thank you for the reminder of the promise in these words.

  • http://mysocalledfabulouslife.blogspot.com Brianna

    I love this song…and I love this story! I'm going to remind myself of this the next time I'm going thru turbulence–in life or on a plane!
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  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/gritandglory alece

    i LOVE this, B! i need to listen for God's voice telling me "it's all good…"

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  • http://twitter.com/ClairFabrizio @ClairFabrizio

    We are in amazing hands, aren't we!!

    God is good! Thank you for sharing your story of His grace.