Imagine with me for a moment as together, we stand on the path…
Look! I see Jesus… He is standing there up ahead at the bend in the pathway!
Of course Jesus has been with you all along! Did you know that? Or did you not recognise that it was Jesus who was with you all this time? Is it possible that you have been so intent on just getting to where you think you must be, that you paid no attention to Who it was that has been offering to equip you, help you and guide you on your journey in life?
Did you not know that if only you would come close to God, He promises to come close to you?
Or have you been so focused on the path itself—trying to work out how and where every part might fit in (does it even have a place?), that you lost sight of Jesus?
In perfect and loving harmony with God the Father, Jesus has not lost sight of you.
Did you notice the wonder and the beauty of the unfolding story contained within the path?
Did you see that even the smallest piece of rock has its own place and is held securely together in the cement?
Or did you think He did not care?
Did you think He did not treasure even the smallest part of your life that you thought would not matter? Did you think He was just watching—from a distance?
You are loved by the Father-heart of God! He sees you. He knows you. Intimately.
The Father’s plans are all about Jesus. He loves you with the same love He has for His Son Jesus! There is no other pathway to God except through Jesus.
Beloved, just like every one of your tears and sorrows is lovingly, carefully collected and treasured in the heart of God, so has every one of the steps you have taken this far in life been lovingly, intentionally and creatively brought together.
It is all there and there is more yet to come!
Worked together. Held together in the embrace of Jesus who is The Way. The Truth. The life!
It is the only wise thing we can do. Leave everything to be where Jesus is. Go where He is going. Choose to partner with His Spirit wholly surrendered to God’s plans!
It is all for the glory of our redemptive and sin-forgiving God who is love and has the gift of life to freely give and invites us to join Him!
Through Jesus. For the fame of the name of Jesus Christ!
By the way… did you notice in the picture that the day is drawing to a close? The mercies of God—who is I AM—are new every morning.
“… we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. God knew what he was doing from the very beginning.
He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.
After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself.
And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.” (Romans 8:28-30 The Message)
What else might the Holy Spirit want to speak to you about or show you as you reflect on my photo (taken in Athens, Greece)?
I see something different every time.
I see that there are gum trees and I am comforted by the grace of my compassionate God who has transplanted me into another land and gives me visible memories of my home in Australia.
I see the dry ground scorched by the summer heat and am reminded that by God’s grace, I am like a tree planted along a riverbank—with roots that reach deep down into the water. Such a tree is not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. The leaves of such a tree stays green and never stops producing fruit. (Jeremiah 17:8 NLT—paraphrased)
God has so much to show you. Get your journal out. Take the time to be still with Jesus and listen to His Spirit and receive all that He has to give you.
Peace. Hope. Freedom in Christ. Healing from the inside out.
To love God is to trust and obey.
All for Jesus!