I follow a good number of fellow Christian bloggers. It’s funny how you get a feel for a person after you have been following them for a while. Obviously you don’t get to know them like you would if you met them in person but you still come to “know” them in a detached kind of way.
I find it rewarding to read and come to understand a bit about some of the trials that my fellow travelers have experienced. Sometimes they’re on a mountain top and sometimes in a valley, which correlates to my own experience. I especially enjoy when what I call “touching base with reality” experiences are shared. Where life can send you a curve ball or something catch’s you unawares. I don’t know about you but I find that it’s the mistakes that I make that I usually learn the most from.
There are those that I honestly admire and respect because of the witness that they maintain in spite of sometimes very difficult circumstances and also from the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word that they have. My wife and I raised five kids and quite often I hear someone say that they don’t know how we did it. Funny thing is that when I look back in retrospect, considering all the work, effort, emotions and cost involved in raising five children, not to mention, the mistakes that we made, I also wonder how we did it. A lot of grace from God, an awful lot of grace. That always seems to be the common denominator among fellow Christians who have or are going through difficult circumstances.
Every once in a while I will notice that I haven’t read anything recently from one of the people that I follow. That usually raises a bit of concern where I wonder if they are alright. I pray daily for all of the people that I follow, I know I need the prayers of others and we’re instructed to lift one another up. I know there are a lot of reasons why sharing on your blog can move down in the priority list but don’t forget to let us know that you are alright if you decide to take a break, just so that we know.
Quite often there are fellow bloggers who decide for good reasons to take a bit of a break. I understand how that works but it’s funny how they come to your mind when you’re used to seeing them online and then they’re not there. There’s three or four that I’m “missing” right now and I will be glad to see return when they do.
Yesterday I was reading in Genesis about Abraham and I thought to myself, someday I’m actually going to meet him. Can you imagine! How about Billy Graham or Nabeel Qureshi or the multitude of other Biblical people and friends that I’ve met along the way. I’m thinking there’s going to be a lot of hugging going on. I’m really looking forward to walking away from the “knowing in part” part and understanding it all. I’m pretty sure we can’t even begin to imagine.
And then of course, there’s our Heavenly Father and Jesus and the Holy Spirit. They are of course, who I ultimately follow. It’s not always easy, to follow and trust in our Lord who we can’t see or always hear. God’s Word keeps us mindful of the Kingdom of God and the reality of God with us here, now. Both God’s Word and prayer can bring us into His presence and I am so grateful for that linkage that He gives us. But ultimately it is that uncluttered oneness with Him and the glory and wonder that He is, that I long to be part of. I don’t care where at the table He seats me at the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, just as long as I’m there, with hopefully, all of those that I love. What a day that will be!
I know, at times it’s hard to be mindful of how God watches over us and cares and guides us as we stumble through this journey He has placed us in. Caring for a sick or difficult child or a host of other activities or circumstances can drain us to our very core, but He’s still there, loving us, guiding our steps, drawing us closer to Him. Jesus promised us that He would never leave us. He meant that, all we need to do is draw near to Him, abide in Him. He will take care of the rest. That’s what He does.
My prayer this day is that all of you have a blessed day and whether you’re online or not, let us lift one another up in prayer and be thankful for what God has graciously given us. We all are in need of God’s blessings.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!