Friday, October 01, 2010
HE WALKED THE WAY
Summer is gone! I am not saddened by its disappearance because I do not like hot weather, and I loathe humidity. What a relief it is for this southern girl to awake to crisp, breathable air each morning!
This current fall morning, our forward journey includes the continuing story of the November 2009 fire we had in our home. I would have never believed it possible! Who would have known that we would still be in the throes of it all? Yet, God's good has walked with us and will walk with us through fine details that will be completed. Through God's grace, we will finish our climb to the mountain above us and look down at the smoky valley with God-enpowered vision.
What a faithful God we serve! I could not have walked this way without His presence! Sometimes Jeff and I pause to question the process of what seems a year of our lives lost to an explosive second. Yet, God's grace immediately interrupts our pauses, speaking peace, speaking patience, speaking hope, speaking faith, and speaking the reality of what could have been true disaster.
I share a story this fall 2010 morning because of divine intervention. Sweet Olivia, my three year old granddaughter, was spared injury and possible death from the explosion simply because she didn't want to leave Mimi's house an autumn afternoon in 2009. If you're not familiar with the story, you can read about it here: http://aparsonswife.blogspot.com/2009/11/fearful-sound.html
Olivia and her younger sister Ella spent some time with me Tuesday. While a frozen pizza baked in the oven, we all snuggled up on the daybed in our little walk-through bedroom. I love cuddle time with my grands and take advantage of every cuddle opportunity.
"Okay," I said, with no reservations, yet having no clue that God had shown up with a blessing prepared for us.
Olivia entitled the book He Walked the Way. In hearing those words, I knew our cuddle time was going to be more than our usual grandmother-granddaughters bonding. It would be a bonding session with Jesus. God had chosen to sweeten my current fall morning with a real message about real life and real values. With each of the page, Olivia "read." I'll share with you her story.
"Jesus had a cross....He had a cross. He walked the way....He walked the way for Livvy....He walked the way for Mimi....He walked the way for Ella....He walked the way for Papa....He walked the way for Bubba....He walked the way for Mommy and Daddy....He walked the way. Amen."
Jesus walked the way. Truth spoken from the lips of one too young to fully grasp her words entwined its beautiful vine around my heart!
Those words are the summation of our faith. Isn't His walking the beginning and ending of all our experiences? Don't the lines in the sandy soil that led to Golgotha's Hill mark every conscious decision of our lives? Don't the images of Jesus' compassion and his sweat and blood and suffering give us faith that makes us stand when our world is rocked or turned upside-down? Doesn't his resurrection give us hope that is not tied to temporal things? Doesn't the vision he gives us reveal the true meaning of living?
Yes, He walked the way. He walked a way that was scorched with pain of every kind, so I can walk freely in the Spirit. Thank you, Abba Father, that you sacrificed your only Son for me, for my family, for everyone of us.
Jesus walked the way for our freedom, so that we can have salvation, freedom, joy, peace, leadership, deliverance, healing, and so much more.
Whatever your journey requires, Jesus has surveyed your steps. He has walked your way. He knows your way. He is the Shepherd that leads you on your way and will carry you when paths are too rough for your treading.
I love passing Olivia's story on to you! Rejoice! You do not have to fear! You are not alone and never will be! He has walked, is walking, and will walk your way!