Go Ahead, Run from Jesus.

 

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“How briefly Your holy people possessed Your holy place, and now our enemies have destroyed it. Sometimes it seems as though we never belonged to You, as though we had never been known as Your people.”
Isaiah 63:18-19

Relate this to our salvation, our lives, and isn’t it the same? We say yes to Jesus. On fire. Fueled. Refreshed. Passionate. Motivated. Confident.
And then life comes, the enemy begins throwing things at you to destroy you, your walk, your faith, your reputation, but most importantly to curse God and stop following Him –
to “seem as though you never belonged to Him, as though you had never been His.”

But the beautiful thing is we live “post Jesus.” Jesus took care of it all on the cross. And I’m here to tell you, that if you truly know Jesus, that if you really have a relationship with Him, if you really are a son or daughter of the King, if you have experienced life, the saving grace of the cross, if you are no longer dead, but instead have everlasting life, that no matter how far you run, no matter how hard you try “to seem like you never belonged to Him,” He will not let the enemy destroy you, God will never stop pursuing you. And WHEN you turn back to Him, because you will, because you are a child of God at your core and a have a new heart that only beats for Jesus, your relationship with Jesus will have only gotten sweeter.

Now, you’re wondering, how am I so sure? How am I so confident that you will turn back and everything with Jesus will be better? Because I’ve lived it. I went from following Jesus with everything in me, to running as far as I possibly could in an instance. So, I get it. Life sucks. You don’t understand. Lost hope. Given up. Pissed. Hurt. Upset. Betrayed. Lost. I get it. I’ve been there, actually, sometimes, I’m still there. But Godis gracious and He reminds me that I am His child. He reminds me of the purpose He has put over my life. He reminds me of how He loves and how He will never stop pursuing. Ever.

So, child, I tell you, go ahead and run, but remember at the end of the day you will come back to your Father with open arms. So why not just start in that direction today?

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!”
Ephesians 2:4-5

Life in the Uncertainty

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Max Patch – November 19, 2016*

Very rarely in life do we live in certainty. I think sometimes we try and fool ourselves into thinking we are living in certainty, at least I know I do. But then something happens and we are reminded there isn’t anything certain in life. The only thing I am most certain about is where I stand with Jesus. I know Him and I have a relationship with Him. I know that when my time on earth is over I will be with Him, that I am certain about. Everything else in life? I don’t have a clue AND that’s okay. In the uncertainty of life it’s so easy to ask “God, where are you? Are you even listening? Are you still there?” The answer? He’s still there, He’s working, and He is most definitely listening.

About a week ago a friend and I decided to get up early and attempt to watch the sunrise at Max Patch. We were both going with the expectation and hope to see the beauty of the mountains and be in awe of the creation around us, instead all we saw was fog and smoke (if you live in or near east Tennessee, you know that there has been hundreds of forest fires in the Smokies). At first I was disappointed, but then in the midst of the cold, rain, wind, and fog my friend spoke something so beautiful.

God is still here, and even though I can’t see the beauty, I know there is beauty on the other side of the fog.

What beautiful truth and how relevant to the chaos of life. When we’re in the midst of the cloudiness and uncertainty of life we have to remember Jesus is still here and beauty is still out there, despite the fact that you can’t see it. The wind that morning was unbearably strong; so strong that you could almost lean into the wind and it would keep you up, but see, that’s how powerful God is. He wants us to lean into Him and He will keep us up. He will give us the strength to stand when it seems so unclear all around us and it seems as though our world is falling apart and we are just begging Jesus to give us some clarity.

So today, continue to pray and beg Jesus for clarity but remember that in the midst of the fog, rain, and wind. Jesus is there. In the midst of it all, there is beauty on the other side and there is a day coming when Jesus will part the fog and you’ll see the beauty. But for now, lean into Jesus, He’ll keep you up.

*Picture was taken from the trip to Max Patch – see how thick the fog was, yet still so beautiful. More pictures from that day, under photography.