For him… The Father ran. For her… HE cried!

“Could today Lord, be about just You and me?  Not about who and how to love, serve, and help another.  Not about working my gifts or completing assignments.  Not about the noise and clutter of the world… just You and me?”

This was my prayer to my God of everything as the congregation @ Smithville Church worshipped in surround sound, around me.  After worship came communion, following communion came the offering, and after the offering… came The Father.

As I sat in silence for the offering, it suddenly occurred to me to look behind me in the sanctuary.  It was from here, I received His blessing…

A dear young friend of mine was seated behind me on the other side of the sanctuary.  I could not seem to take my eyes off him.  There was something so powerful in what I was seeing.  My heart had figured it out before my mind did… and tears welled up in my eyes.  He was faced forward and there was a desperation in his [a father’s] eyes.  His toddler son was holding and embracing his dad like there was no one else in the world but “My daddy and me”.  His daddy, still looking forward, had now [to my eyes]… a look of completeness.  A look to say that “All is now right in the world”.

The Lord wants us all to start here…  The Father and each one of His children, ‘completely’ alone with Him.  The Lord desires that you run to Him and embrace Him, with a heart like a child… hopelessly devoted to Him.  And for him… The Father ran.  HE ran to meet, clothe, restore, celebrate… BLESS!  ‘My child has come home… REJOICE’.

“… But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23 and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.”
[Luke 15]

 

 

For her…

28 And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him. 31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.”
32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”  33Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.34And He said, “Where have you laid him?”  They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”  35Jesus wept.

38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”

40Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”41Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”  [John 11]                                  For her… HE cried!

For him… The Father ran.  For her… HE cried!

“I could not seem to take my eyes off him.  There was something so powerful in what I was seeing.  My heart had figured it out… and tears welled up in my eyes.”

Please extend to me grace, and sometimes forgiveness, when I push passed you to get to Him.  When you look at me and see ‘too much’, and hear ‘too loud’, and know ‘too different’.  My heart has no desire to be a freak for freak sake, but a passionate spirit… ‘for God’s sake’.

The Lord loves all His children in their unity and in their difference.  And HE designs and loves each relationship between Father and son and Father and daughter uniquely similar and uniquely different.  Both powerful!  Both God’s!

“Could today Lord, be about just You and me?  Not about who and how to love, serve, and help another.  Not about working my gifts or completing assignments.  Not about the noise and clutter of the world… just You and me?”

I want to go where You are, I want to be where You’d be.
I want to hear what You’d say, as I listen at Your feet.

I want to love how You love, and serve how You serve.
I want to speak how You taught, and hang on Your Word.

‘CROSS my heart and hope to die’…
For even me, You cried

“Father, this one is Mine!  I love her!”

And on this day…

For him… The Father ran.  For her…  HE cried!

…  jams4JESUS ♥ 

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About jam4JESUS

I... 'will seek [First] the LORD my God, and I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.' Deut. 4:29 I... 'shall love the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength.' Deut. 6:5 I... 'Trust in the LORD with all my heart, And lean not on my own understanding; In all ways... acknowledge Him, And He shall make my path straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 I... 'remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you' 2Tim. 1:6 I... 'thank God, whom I serve... without ceasing... I... remember YOU in my prayers night and day,' 2Tim. 1:3 I... am to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to God' Phil. 4:6 I... KNOW: 'I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.' Phil.4:13 'My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19 'My GOD will never leave me, nor forsake me.' Heb. 13:5 JESUS so loves me, this I... KNOW
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