Sometimes, it isn't until you come to the end of your journey that you see and can finally benefit from the lessons learned. It is very rare, at least in my own personal experience, that the "A-HA" moment happens in the middle of the journey. This morning, though, I was blessed by such a revelation of God, I couldn't wait to write about it here.
Lately, some very unusual trials have come my way. These trials have been somewhat of a "straw that broke the camel's back" kind of ending to a much traumatic 2012. I would have never imagined at the beginning of this year the heartache that would brush our lives over the course of this year. But as you'll read shortly, that's when Jesus does His best work...through our trials and heartache. Each morning, I read a daily devotional from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It is written in first person as if Jesus is writing directly to the reader. After reading it several times this morning, it occurred to me how the entire devotional just for today, November 29, describes my life for the entire past year.
I share it with you here hoping that the words will work like a healing balm to your heart and soul...just as they did for me. Please know you are loved. You are cherished. I believe that when you choose to follow Christ with your life...your past, your present, your future, along with the joy and pain that accompany each year of your life...are ALL rooted in Jesus. And because of that, He can use it ALL for His glory and your eternal benefit.
"In this age of independence, people find it hard to acknowledge their neediness. However, I have taken you along a path that has highlighted your need for Me: placing you in situations where your strengths were irrelevant and your weaknesses were glaringly evident. Through the aridity of those desert marches, I have drawn you closer and closer to Myself. You have discovered flowers of Peace blossoming in the most desolate places. You have learned to thank Me for hard times and difficult journeys, trusting that through them I accomplish My best work. You have realized that needing Me is the key to knowing Me intimately, which is the gift above all gifts." -Sarah Young from Jesus Calling
Good stuff, my friends. Really good stuff. I pray that today you will realize your need for Jesus and that by simply acknowledging your need for Him will lead you to know Him more intimately. A true and priceless gift, indeed.
Have a great day,