Sunday, 26 July 2009

Our mistakes

I had a random thought today, when I heard someone with an accent say “mistake”. It sounded more defined: “miss take”. And I thought…that’s it. What is a mistake? It’s mis-taking something. Maybe it’s taking something that’s not yours, taking something that belongs to someone else, taking something that’s reserved for someone else. Making a mistake is grabbing for something that the Lord has not appointed for you to have, or grabbing for something at the wrong time. When you think of the mistakes in your life, is this not that case? It seems to be in my life anyway, that when I make a mistake it’s because I’ve acted out before the Lord and taken the forbidden fruit. “I just made a mistake,” you say, then put back what you have taken and take the hand of Jesus instead. When your hands are in His, you won’t have room to hold anything else.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Look To Jesus

I graduated from Bible College in December. For the previous 2 years, I had been in England, getting rocked by the Lord and His Holy Spirit as I studied through the Bible and rebuilt the foundations of my Christian faith. There were so many ways that I had strayed from following the Lord and attempted to live life in my own strength, only to see everything crumble before my eyes. I knew that I could no longer do it on my own…if I was going to continue living, I needed to surrender it all to the Lord.

Since graduating and returning to southern California, I have once again been tested as I try to apply all that I’ve learned over the past 2 years (and it was A LOT!). There have been times of great victory and times of utter defeat, yet through it all I keep coming back to this one thing: JESUS. All the lessons I’ve been learning are centered around Jesus. It’s been the simple (yet not easy) task of simplifying my faith and simply looking to Jesus. I don’t need grand new revelations from His Word. I don’t need a huge vision of His life plan for me. All I need is Jesus.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33

When I have Jesus, I have everything…everything I could ever need or want. Only He will satisfy every desire and only He can fill my deepest need. Only He will never leave me and only He can save me. When I get caught up focusing on other things, whether it be financial worries, my future career, missionary adventures, loneliness, marriage, I must stop myself and realize that the Lord has it all taken care of. He has my life written out already and I have nothing to fear. When I have Jesus, I need nothing else. An old hymn rings in my head as I remember this fact:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

I write this blog mostly for myself, to remind me of the good things the Lord has done for me. However to anyone else who reads this and needs a bit of encouragement, may I offer this solution: Look to Jesus. He knows…He cares…and He can handle it, no matter what it is…so look to Him and nowhere else.