Yesterday, it dawned on me, how things have changed for me over the last few years. And I think that the most beautiful change has been how Jesus has truly become not just a part of my life, which fluctuated at times in the past, to now, where He is with me daily. Of course, Jesus was always available to be with me daily, but not so with me, being available to Him, sometimes, within my past.
And for a guy like myself, who is always trying to figure things out, not very successfully I might add, the wherewith all of how this came about, in spite of many changing circumstances, is truly humbling. God’s grace is woven throughout and I can’t even begin to tell you of how many times God has answered my prayers, to this very day. But it’s not just the changing circumstances, many though they be, it truly is all about Jesus.
And of course, what I vaguely see at times, happening within myself, I also see in others. Other brothers and sisters in the Lord, who also are on the same path that I am on. All of us different, yet all of us the same. Yes, we all have our little quirks, but we all gravitate to Jesus because He is our strength, our guide and our hope. There are so many names and faces of brothers and sisters that come to mind as I am sitting here. What a gift that truly is.
Have you ever prayed through Jesus and said, “Please Lord, don’t let me mess this up!” Or how about, “Lord I REALLY need you help with this”, or “Lord, please forgive me, I am so sorry”. It doesn’t matter where I turn, be it my interactions or dealings with all of those that I love and care for, or just people or things that come across my path on a day to day basis, always, always, Jesus is there to shepherd me and guide me in the way, if I am but mindful and seek His help.
I mentioned yesterday, about sometimes, while in prayer, almost being able to see Jesus’ arm. I am talking about the small hairs on His arm, that real. And that is what slays me, that is what helps me understand Who we are dealing with and why our Father sent Him and what Jesus showed us, and the words of our Father that He gave us. Occupying space, standing here, where we stand now, on this small planet, a speck in the universe. But it’s not the vastness, it’s the closeness. Emmanuel, God with us.
And then we have the words of Jesus, telling us that He will not leave us as orphans, which means being alone, being separated from Him. John 14:16-18 NASB reads: “ I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, so that He may be with you forever; the Helper is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him; but you know Him because He remains with you and will be in you.” Emphasis is mine.
Followed by John 14:18-20 NASB which reads: “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you. After a little while, the world no longer is going to see Me, but you are going to see Me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I in you.” And of course, they did. Again, emphasis is mine.
And then we have Jesus declare the greatest truth that ever was. John 14:6 NASB “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.”
I have an awful lot to be grateful for, saved from myself so many times, like I am sure we all have been, time and time again. Grace, sheer grace, because of God’s love towards us expressed through His Son.
Worthy is the Lamb! Worthy. Worthy. Worthy. We shall praise your Holy Name!
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!