I meet many different kinds of people and I’m sure you do too. And it’s no surprise to you that not everyone has a flowery life…a life that looks beautiful, smells wonderful, and is vibrant and full of beauty. And while no one has a perfectly blooming life, some have more hope than others. And some have hardly any hope at all. They are negative and jaded and difficult.
And I asked myself the other day why that was? And I know why…
They don’t have Jesus.
- They may never have known Him
- They may have forgotten Him, or rendered him insignificant.
- They may believe He is powerless to affect their day-to-day life.
- Or they may have been hurt by someone who had claimed to be a follower of Him.
But whatever the reason, they choose to live apart from Him, and my heart is so sad that they are missing out on His GREAT love and companionship.
And I don’t always have the perfect opportunities presented to me, to share what it is I would want to about Him…the very God in the flesh who can revolutionize the wilting lifeless flower that is their life.
And as I began to pray for more opportunities, from Him, to make a difference, I began to consider what I would do…if I only could…with the power of His Spirit working in me.
And so, I’ve decided…
If I only could, I would try to really convey to another’s heart, the deep, deep love that Jesus has for them…how He wants to spend time with them each day…and how He waits.
He waits and wants them to really know down deep, in the very core depths of who they are, that He has forgotten the shame and the failure.
That He has forgiven the choices.
That He longs to heal their broken heart.
That He gives guidelines and parameters to protect us from pain, not to ruin our fun.
That He longs to rescue, and redeem, and bless, and restore…
And that He is longing to set them free…
…free so they can soar in the freedom that He gives, in the strength that He provides, no longer fledgling on their own…but instead, safe and so secure in the shelter under His wing, next to His heart…that is so tender toward them.
…free to really know how He desires to hide them away in the cleft of a rock, and cover them and protect them…as they boldly, in His strength, are refined and matured through the trials and pain of this life.
I’d want them to know how they can soar like an eagle, how they can run and not be weary, and how they can walk and yet not be faint.
I’d want them to really have the faith to know it is all possible through Him…and that they could be resting in the protection He provides.
If I only could make them realize it doesn’t have to be this way…that they could realize that He’s been waiting all this time.
And I’d long for them to REALLY say yes to Him, from the deepest cry of their heart.
And I just know, that He, the gardener, would have them blooming and fragrant and beautiful in no time!
May He provide me with divine appointments to share the hope that is within me…this hope that comes from the faith I have in Him, from the mercy and grace I know is real, and may lives be healed is my prayer.