I journal so much and so often that reading through my personal notes and memories and musings can sometimes feel cluttered and cumbersome. Blogging requires me to clean up my act a little bit. So when something significant happens, I like to ebenezer it in my blog space – however vague it may be. I am more sure to scroll across it later than read far enough into an old journal entry to see it and more fully recall. All I need most times is the spark of the memory, anyway.
So today, I wanted to share the sweet and significant marker in time of a decade of walking with Jesus … ten years of already tasting Eternal Life. Since June 22, 2007, I have entered and graduated college; helped plant a bilingual church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; attended my mother’s memorial service; fallen in love; lived in the hood; and enjoyed a depth and richness and variety of relationship I never expected to know. In all of those things and in all of the others, God has been SO faithful. Jesus has been my very best friend.
Perhaps the ‘most’ beautiful or ‘most’ comforting dynamic is the day to day knowledge of and satisfaction in who He is that has increased over time. In the same way that stopping at a random gas station or using the self-checkout at Safeway becomes an adventure when you’re with your best friend and/or lover or silly sibling, so does all of life when you allow yourself to be rescued, led, and loved by Jesus. It’s not always glamorous, and it’s not going to look or feel exactly like the relationship anyone else has with Him; but knowing Him is entirely worth the anguish of your flesh, the laying down of your preferences, and the renewal of your mind. Jesus is real and He can be known with certainty and clarity. And the good news is that He wants to be. He is not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27).
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God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us…
And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgement, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. · 1 John 4:9-12,17 NLT