I rode up in the elevator with a woman today and she shared how she was feeling, she said “If only my back would stop hurting I believe the world would be a beautiful place.”
As I exited the elevator my thoughts were on what she had said and about my own pain and I immediately knew deep within me that the world is a beautiful place if Jesus is my center, the bible tells us that there are going to be tough times, pressure from all around and yes, pain and suffering.
I am reminded of when I was expecting my daughter, I knew that labor was going to be painful but I knew the end result would be the birth of my child, and even after labor and a C-section to deliver her the pain was quickly forgotten because I held my beautiful miracle in my arms. And yes I have pain everyday and sometimes it feels like it is too hard to go on but I know the end result and it is beautiful, Christ died an excruciating death so that I could experience the beauty of His love even in my pain and so that I would have the promise of a painless eternity with Him. Christ has made all things beautiful.
I sometimes wonder what You’re up to, when I tear up and start crying for no other reason than You are caressing me with Your love and my spirit breaks forth is reason enough, but tonight I felt that it was for another reason, that it was Your passion for us crying out to be known, to let You be our everything all the time, not just when we need help, but when we are taking each breath, in the simple and the ordinary, in the complicated and extraordinary. You want us to be intimately aware of You with us and in us,knowing that it is You who is orchestrating every moment of our lives, Your heart cries out to us to just come and be with You, You desire that we simply recognize that Your grace is what sustains us moment to moment. I hear You telling me that we are to take Your grace and run with it, let it loose in our lives and see what happens and see where we are taken while in the grips of Your grace. That’s what You want, it’s what You gave it to us for.
“So go and be amazed at what I will do when you decide to accept my gift of grace and you run with it”, says the Lord. Linnette
I have scars,
some can be seen,
others are hidden,
But there is One who can see them all,
He is the Comforter who has seen them all,
and has healed them all.
My scars are no longer mine,
they are His,
He has taken them all,
and all because He loves me!
Well Father here we are, another new year is upon us and I’m am so excited for it. Last year was not what I ever expected it to be but I can see how You were present and even in some of my darkest moments I know it was You and Your continuous flow of love for me that brought me to this new year. I saw You in my doctors, you provided the very best for me, in my job and in my employer and co worker, in friends who drove me everywhere I needed to go and especially in my daughter and all that she did & does for me and last but certainly not least my Pastor who fed me You without stopping, never giving up but always hearing You and imparting You to me when I couldn’t hear You on my own. I expect new and amazing moments with You in 2013, even more Jesus moments than ever before, I hear Your promise of great grace in this new year and I am a humble recipient of this promise so no matter what things look like on my outside, I am just like Jesus on the inside!!
Happy New Year everyone!!
We are to endeavor to see and recognize outstanding Jesus moments each and every day. This is what my Pastor asked us to do this week.
As I thought about what some of those moments might look like I realized that being at church yesterday was in itself a whole lot of Jesus moments put together, just to be there, sitting in a chair, feeling better than I had in quite a while was His doing.
Being taught the message of grace by a Pastor who I kind of think of as our Paul, someone God has handpicked for us and for those who will hear him through the many media outlets available to him, so many Jesus moments over the span of years, but all of those put together to bring me to this moment in time.
And I realized that it was somehow easier to look back to see what Jesus has been doing in my life, like the pieces of a puzzle falling into place, each one being placed correctly but not being able to see the picture they become until the last piece is placed, but trusting that the end result will be the completed picture. It’s a picture of how our lives in Christ are, each moment may not make perfect sense or we may seem incomplete but as we trust God and as we accept that each moment of our lives are Jesus moments we have the confident assurance that the end result will be perfectly complete. Every moment is a Jesus moment!
Spend some time just looking at what Jesus has done for you and you can’t help but get excited about what is yet to come!!