Monday, November 7, 2011

I can live…

Fall Beauty 051

The following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.

~Acts 23:11

Something that the pastor said when we were visiting my Dad’s church stuck to me like bubble gum to the bottom of a high school student’s chair;} {and I know about that sticking since I taught in high schools for seven years!} :

‘Paul lived like he was immortal {from that point on}…come shipwreck, come whatever, he knew he was going to Rome.’

It was Jesus himself who had told Paul that he was going to Rome to testify as he had in Jerusalem.  And you might say, like me, if Jesus told me I would do this or that or go here or there then I would have the confidence of Paul.

And I say to us, ‘hasn’t he?’

He promises that all of our days are known to Him before one of them comes to pass.  He knows our coming and going and our beginning and our end and we ARE immortal, invincible, in our life here on earth until we fulfill the living of each day written for us.  And when our work is done, we will land safely in the arms of Jesus at peace forevermore.

Like my Poppy who passed away today at the ripe age of 93.  When a history of heart disease necessitated triple bypass surgery 30 years ago, would he have pictured living this long?  When his wife of nearly 70 years went to Heaven would any of us have thought he would live 3 years more?

Yet, His Lord knew.  He kept Poppy in that nursing home with a smile on his face and a song in his heart to touch the lives of many in his last years, months and days. 

And this is my hope and peace and life and joy.  All of my days written in His heart and held in His hand and I can live in boldness and confidence as the moments of my life span before me. 

I can live immortally.

I can live with the God-breathed, stilled and quiet confidence of the Lord who IS as my own.

I can live without holding anything back from Him.

I can live with a fullness of presence that marks every relationship.

I can live with dreams many-hued and manifold and boldly step into achieving them.

And when all is said and done I can live forever with Him and never miss a beat because it has all been FOR HIS GLORY anyway.

I can live…





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