Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Over 30+ years ago, Jesus said to me, "Come...follow Me." And I did. The road has been far from smooth as I journeyed on with my Lord, and needless to say, there’s been many bumps and turns along the way I never saw coming. But I continued to follow Him. Yes, there were days I'd jump ahead and attempt to take the lead, and of course, Jesus would just step back and allowed me to go on my marry way. At the beginning, the road seemed smoother, at least for a short distance. However, the pits I'd soon fall into were more than I could bare. But then, without hesitation and still very lovingly, Jesus would say, "Come....follow Me."
Battered and bruised from the journey, I'd pick myself up and continue to follow Him. But again, along the way, I started grumbling…..."I don't get it, Lord! This path doesn't make sense!” And eventually, I'd convince myself that I found a better route. Bored with the scenery and tired of our journey, I started finding the short cuts thru the neighborhoods to get us to where the Lord and I were going. I even found areas where we didn’t have to stop for all the red lights and stop signs. (You know…all the warning signals that tend to come our way.) After all, I was pretty sure I knew where Jesus was leading me....right?????
But as it would turn out, it was clear that once again I had taken the wrong blasted road. Oh how could I be so foolish? Everything seemed right. Plenty of options and opportunities laid ahead and certainly those were the roads I was supposed to take. I just didn’t understand; thought I could see up ahead clearly. Then I realized, I had forgotten to look up at the skies where clouds were forming and glooming over top of us. Dark clouds loomed as the storms broke loose in our path; storms strong enough that would soon make it impossible to see what laid ahead.
Finally, after yet another failed attempt to be on the right road, I searched for a rock where I could just hide. A place where I could just lay down and give up my journey. However, soon I'd feel His strong hand take ahold of mine and I'd hear My Master's voice saying, "Come....Follow Me." Yet in my weakness, I was still mesmerized with the storms and cried out, "But I'm tired and afraid! I don't have the strength to go on any further! Please....just leave me here because I'm not strong enough to make it on this journey.”
Jesus just smiled at me and said, "Will you trust Me?" And He continued to remind me saying, "So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic. For the LORD (that's Me), your God (that's Me again), will personally go ahead of you. I will neither fail you nor abandon you." Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT
And then Jesus said, “Come....follow Me.” Matthew 4:19 NLT
Be blessed my family & friends.
Love you all!
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take." Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT