“Scars Remind Us Who We Are”
So I haven’t posted much in a little while… Since my “Graduation Day” post 5 weeks ago, God has been taking me through a season of serious hard cord seeking and refining. As I mentioned in that post—I knew something was different. And I knew God was doing a new thing… But boy, oh boy. I had no idea just how much God was fixing to start rocking my world. (Zechariah 13:9)
I’ve never been so sure of God’s existence, truth, presence, love, peace, beauty, joy and grace as I am now. Everyday He is showing me something new—everyday comes this fresh outpouring from heaven that is like no other. There’s one instance in particular that I can honestly say has moved me like I’ve never been moved before…
Last Monday night as I finished praying and started climbing into bed, I couldn’t stop meditating on one special scene in the movie “Son of God”, coming to theaters soon. At the very end of the trailer, Jesus gently reaches up to touch the face of a disciple with His precious nail scarred hand….
Most of the time, God gives me visions as I’m seeking Him in prayer… So I was very caught off guard when this image was suddenly interrupted by something a little more personal to me:
I saw Jesus hugging me tightly… It was like He couldn’t bear to let me go. Then grabbing me square by the shoulders, He looked me in the eyes very seriously. With emphasis and love hanging on each word, He simply whispered,
“You were worth it, my child.”
All I could do was just lay and weep in my pillow… And I’ve wept every day since.
I can’t adequately find words to halfway describe the depth, the beauty of that moment… It’s something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.
So many people are searching today—For love, for acceptance, for peace, for security, for fulfillment. Nothing—nothing, will ever beat a Fatherly embrace from Jesus. Nothing will ever compare to His love. Nothing will ever sustain you like His peace. Nothing will ever make you feel as alive as His presence. No drug, no amount of pornography or money, no relationship will EVER make you feel as “high” as when He tells you, “You were worth it.” Nothing will ever make you feel as clean and pure as when He washes you white as snow. Redemption.
This life was never meant to look “ordinary”… God’s love for you is pure, perfect, radical and extraordinary. Will you let your heart reflect that?
Will your life reflect back to say, “My life is Yours, Jesus. You… You are so worth it.”
I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you. Just a little while now, and the world will not see Me any more, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. At that time you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you. The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who really loves Me; and whoever really loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.] John 14:18-21