"That you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ." (Ephesians 3: 17-19)
day some of the family were having a little argument. We loaded up in
the car. As I rounded a curve we came face to face with a bright blue
jeep. I saw the young man driving. He
seemed to be looking right at me, but he was on my side of the road. I
thought: He sees me and will get over. Well he didn't. I quickly ran
off the road to my right. Thank You, Lord, there was nothing there.
We sat for a few seconds and caught our breath. As we went on our way
my grandson said: "Gosh, when you come that close it really makes you
think. We shouldn't ever argue." In a moment of almost losing our
lives, my grandson caught the value of life.
What would this
world look like for those whose hope is in Christ if we valued each day
as if it were our last? Would I give up striving to do better? To be
better? Could my eyes be on Jesus and His love for me instead of my
sin? Could I not go with the wind of my circumstances or failures? Then
rely on my loving heavenly Father to do what I can not do? Would I love
with abandonment? Would I know His rest?
Rest can mean body,
soul and spirit. I see this as a journey. I have asked the Lord, by
His Spirit, to work this in my heart and my life to the fullest measure.
I admit to you, there are times I grit my teeth and tighten my
shoulders. I used to go to bed for days when my life felt like it was
falling apart. I wondered at times if God noticed at all. We can even
act like everything is all right, but it just has to come out somewhere.
One thing is new. When I go out of His rest, I am aware of it now. I
know to whom I must go, and what I am to believe.
most important thing to know is that God loves you. There are no
conditions to His love. No thing or no one can separate you from His
love. Christ met all the conditions for us. Your sins are forgiven.
Because of the Spirit of God in our hearts by faith, we may be able to
comprehend the love of God. It is beyond our imagination.
Knowing this comes by experience. When this truth is realized, you are
changed, and keep on changing. His desires are your desires. Your
priority is to be with the only One who can love you perfectly. But you
just have to go sing the song to someone else. You will spread this
good news to other captives. It is contagious. Wherever it seems this
life takes you, God is in control, and He is there. He is your rest.
Lord, I want to rest in you. I want to give up the striving to do what
I can't do. It is in Your love that I want to hide myself. Give me
the faith to trust You more.