Once Upon a Time…
One of my favorite things about Jesus is that He remained consistent. The other favorite thing is that He was not a respecter of persons. Try as I may to convince others that I am His favorite, the fact remains quite clear that He wasn’t given to partiality…He loved everyone the same; wasn’t fazed by titles and never allowed riches to cloud His judgment. He was busy doing the Father’s bidding…head down, ears open, forging ahead, all the while knowing what was to come and still He poured out to those who would ultimately deny Him and even turn on Him.
This post has been roaming around in my head for some time now and today I remembered the scripture found in John 16:32 (Amplified) “But take notice, the hour is coming, and it has arrived, when you will all be dispersed and scattered, every man to his own home, leaving Me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.”
Once upon a time there was a girl after God’s own heart. A girl who had witnessed the power of God…who had been blessed mightily, healed miraculously…who in exchange for all that He had done for her, promised to know Him deeper, serve Him gladly and share Him unselfishly and so she set out to do just that…head down, heart open, forging ahead. It took no time for this girl to be noticed and it seemed that just the “right” people were noticing and soon the wooing began. She heard of praises from the “it” people targeting her and soon the invitations to draw near began as she kept her head down, heart open and forged ahead. She became pretty well known in that circle and her reputation was in tact as she kept her head down, heart open and forged ahead. There were many who reached out for her insight, her prayers; many were the invites and overwhelming were the praises and amazingly she was able to keep her head down and forge ahead. Unfortunately her heart was a bit too open.
And then one day…poof, the grace had lifted, the favor seemed to be gone and with it all of the invitations and acknowledgements silenced, along with the praises…silenced. “Friends” and acquaintances scattered; weapons formed against her, stories told…she was even unfriended and blocked by a few. Her response? She lifted her head up, she guarded her heart and forged ahead, explained nothing to the “theys” and moved on.
I hear Jesus’ words so clearly….they left me alone, yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
I will forever be grateful for lessons learned. I believe that every single occurrence in our lives should leave us well aware, better equipped, stronger and wiser. I thank God for every bruise, every scar, every war wound sustained in my journey. I thank God for strength in His word and a deep knowing that nothing can separate me from His love. Yes, I had fallen from grace, but I landed in a soft place, a better place.
How about you? Have you taken a tumble off of your pedestal…have you fallen from grace? Have you been betrayed, come against or hurt in any way? Let me remind you that there are better days ahead, the worst is over, the past is just that….passed! Don’t you get left behind too!
I’m praying that you not remain in a “pause” position; that you not allow anyone to stop your forward motion; that you run to and not away from the One who knows you the best and loves you the most; that you are able to forgive and release those who have hurt you and place the memory of the hurt where it belongs…in your past and not allow it to keep you enslaved. I’m praying that you would be strengthened in your inner man and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be wiser, stronger, more anointed; that you live life filled with joy and loud! Loud for Him! Head up, heart open, ears in tune to one voice…now, forge ahead!!
There is one other thing I’d like to point out, even though I can’t seem to find it anywhere in the word….
I AM HIS FAVORITE! I AM HIS FAVORITE! I AM HIS FAVORITE!!!