I almost did not say anything to her. I was about to miss the blessing of encouraging her in her faith in God. I am so glad God gave me the courage. God wows me.
I was sitting there looking at this receptionist thinking, “this woman follows Jesus, I really think she does.” Then my thoughts switched to, “But does she really?” I doubted she truly did. I did not see a cross hanging on her neck or a Jesus loving tattoo, but solely the way she carried herself with peaceful grace.
“Lord, do I say something and feel embarrassed if she tells me no?” At this point, someone else has now walked in.
Looking around, trying to stuff actually asking her, I saw a black and white printout colored in with the words—“Be the light,” in bold letters. It encouraged me to say something.
Matthew 5:14 says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Her light was bright, not hidden, and very evident to me. Come to find out, she does love Jesus and attends a local church. Also, the “Be the light” coloring page was not even hers! God is good, all the time.
Imagine a book, that every page you read was completely alive. Every time you read a sentence or an entire passage, you knew with complete certainty that it would happen just as it says, if it has not already.
A book that changes you, frees you up and makes your soul lighter as you apply it. A book of big freedoms you may not even know you need until once you implement it, and then you realize the immense worth every page beholds.
To access the book you need a willing heart, it means opening the cover and giving it a chance. In time, it will answer everything you long for in your deepest of beings.
Fun, fascinating and fulfilling, living out God’s Word will take you on the greatest adventure. But… you have to dare to do it.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
My oldest was telling me all about me. He knows me well because he listens and spends time with me. His heart is turned towards his mama.
Is our heart turned towards God? Do we listen (obedience) and spend time with Him?
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” (John 10:27)
There is a difference in knowing of Jesus and actually knowing Jesus. So many know about Him and yet have no relationship with Him. When we have a true relationship with Jesus, our actions prove so.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
If my sweet boy never listened, spent time with, professed to love me or do what I say, I would question if he really does. Do you love Jesus?
I look back at the me before my life changed and I am so thankful that is not who I am anymore. Accepting the underserved grace of Jesus, drastically changed the path I was going down. I am forever thankful.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
I did not say “yes” to Jesus until God opened the eyes of my heart. The filth apparent to me when I did say “yes”, was nothing short of atrocious before our holy God.
After the yes, He placed His desires in me. Where my heart was dead and hard like a stone, He softened it like flesh. What was once heavy and weighted deep within, became light and free.
Jesus set me free.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
God is not afraid of mess. I find this incredibly awesome! To be honest, I use to shrink back from it, but now I am aware of how much that was costing me. In this snapshot, I prompted my boys to embrace it full speed.
You see, I think there is a lesson in this. As I allowed my boys to plunge right in, I saw a glimpse into my own heart. My sons laughed with joy as they raced through the muddied puddles. I saw how liberating it is, to live life abundantly, not so scared of dirt and grime.
I was reminded of Jesus and His death on the cross. How He embraced the filth in all of us and how living like Jesus makes life so incredibly full.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10b)
I have to wonder if boys love mud and dirt so much, for creation to once again direct us to God. My sons, like God, never second guess dirt. Reckless love always plunges towards even the deepest mud puddles, not away from them.
Do your circumstances ever seem hopeless? Girlfriend, you are not alone. I have trudged that wasteland a time or two and so have the Israelites. They faced the Red Sea with an army approaching. Talk about a questionable situation to be in!
Me and my little guy were reading about the Red Sea in his children’s Bible. I asked him if he knew what the name of the Sea was and he replied, “Jesus!” I chuckled because Jesus IS our answer to the Red Sea(s) we all face, but not the exact name I was looking for.
Moses parted the waters under the authority of God for the Israelites to pass over, just as Jesus paved the way for us to have communion with God when there was NO other way.
Us + Israelites=desperate.
God is in the business of providing a pathway out.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)
So when we appear to be stranded, just remember what my little guy said. The answer to our uncertainty about “Red Seas” is, “Jesus!” He always makes a way.
Bug-eyed, our oldest son watched as his swing of the bat sent his baseball soaring like a home run hit over the green monster. Unexpected distance gained underneath the ball as it crossed our large yard, our street, and then right on up to our neighbor’s house. “You can go get it,” I said as he looked at me, “but remember, look both ways at the road.”
When he was about half way down our driveway, all of a sudden, our youngest runs at his fastest speed to catch up with his big brother. “No, no, no sweet boy! You stay right here,” I said to him.
One boy was ready for this mission, while the other needs more training. Though our littlest guy took it well, I could relate to this scenario in my spiritual life. I have experienced times when it seems like others hit a home run out of the park and they get the joy to run after it too. Why God, why can others do this but not me?
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Sometimes God does say no and that is not always a bad thing. Perhaps His no is because He knows exactly what we need. As I look at my children, I say no because I love them. I want to protect them and I know when it will be time to let them cross the road.