The healing garden. That is where I’m sure many people have experienced a new hope as they breathed in the fresh air. As I sit at one of the garden tables I feel the blood flow through my body as fresh air fills my lungs and touches my skin. I hear the whisper of my Creator, “I gave you life and I will continue to give you life forever.” This life is just a glance, a moment, a vapor in light of eternity. Life is so fragile yet so important. To think we have a maximum of about 100 years to make the most important decisions of our eternal lives. Yes, all life is eternal spent either with God or without God in a place called Heaven or Hell. This blows my mind. It charges me to not waste a moment. It ignites an urgency to help my family and as many people as possible make the best decision(s) they can in this life, including me.
Let’s back up just a few days… I was sitting at home struggling to breathe deciding on whether or not to admit myself to the hospital all depressed and feeling sorry for myself. My wife was begging me to go in for days, but my kids continued to smother me with loving hugs and kisses asking to play outside. I didn’t want to give that up for the hospital. Finally, I surrendered, humbled myself and cried out to God, “Why can’t you just heal me?” This is common place and has been happening more than few times a year for let’s just say years. You would think I would learn. You would think I would be prepared. You would think I would be stronger, maybe more humble and wiser.
Here are a couple things I have learned so far again:
First lesson - be alert!
Don’t forget the enemy is on the prowl to steal, kill and destroy! Be alert! Be ready! I let my guard down. I was tired. I was sick. I was hungry, but I could not eat. I turned to Facebook instead of my Bible. I turned on the TV instead of getting on my knees. Then, the prayers of the saints and the Holy Spirit woke me up. My Dad didn’t let me blow off his phone calls. I needed the Bible. I needed prayer. I needed people in my life to point me to truth!
Wake up! Be alert! Be ready!
Second lesson - who is my King?
I like my King a lot when I get what I want (what I really really want). Let’s be honest. We all love to be needed; to be loved; to be respected; to be heroes; to be providers; to keep up with the Jones. I like my King when I get what I want. The question is, “Do I like my King when I don’t get what I want?” Yes, I love my King. Yes, I get that my King gave His life for me because of my sin so that me, my family, my friends, even my enemies can have eternal life with Him forever. I understand the depth of His love for me intellectually. But, let’s take the question deeper, “Do I trust my King, really, when I don’t get what I want?” I want good things. I want to be a Pastor. I want to work full-time. I want to own a house in a nice neighborhood. I want my children in the best schools possible. I want my children to have the best stuff and opportunities as possible. I want my wife and family to have their security and provision from ME. Some call this dignity. I want my wife to have what she wants. You hear me friends? You want this stuff too. Your list might be different, but this is real. You want! I want! We cry out to our King, “Give ME! Give ME!” because we understand that we can’t do anything apart from God. The Bible says that He wants good things for His children. It says just ask and it will be given. Yet, our King is silent when it comes to some of our wants. We might not get what we want when we really really want it.
Oh, then, my King speaks to me. My ears perk up. I listen. He says, “The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys the field.” What! This is the answer to my prayer for now? Really? Yes. Oh, yeah and this, “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.” As my daughter says, “Bam What!” Ha. This is real. This is hard to hear. This is truth!
What is my response? On my knees confessing Jesus as my King in worship. Then receiving His love and peace as He promises. My powerful awesome King Jesus continues, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
My confession is simply, “I WILL.”
I will like, love, trust and follow my King Jesus and His example. His words are life! Please be encouraged in whatever you are going through. Jesus is with you. He will give you peace and He has overcome this world. Look to Him. He is your refuge and protection. He is your hope. Be willing to joyfully let go of this life for a better life with Jesus. Make your confession, “I WILL.” Choose a life with Jesus that nothing can snatch away from you, ever! With JOY go sell all you have to buy the field with the real treasure.
Love you all!