Yesterday morning I called one of the women who attends my Sunday morning conversation group. She was late, so I wanted to check on if she was coming. She sounded nervous on the phone and communicated with me in Spanish. I had a young man from Honduras, he has the highest level of English in the group, talk with her. We found out she had gotten lost. He left and drove to her, so she could follow him to church.
It was completely understandable why she got lost and why she was nervous. GPS had misdirected her. She has not even lived in my city for one year. She is a single mom from Venezuela doing the best she can to work and take care of her thirteen year old son.
She made it to church thanks to our young friend and we had a good time practicing conversational English. Before she left, I shared with her that she will be okay step by step.
There are times we all feel lost in life and nervous about which way to go. It is comforting to know that Jesus came for those who are lost in life. In Luke 19:10 Jesus said: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
It is comforting to know that Jesus is the way. He is the way to heaven. He is the way to The Father. He is the way to eternal life. He is also the way for us in this life. He said in John 14:6: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus comes to us when we feel lost. He said in John 14:18: “Iwillnotleaveyouasorphans; Iwillcome toyou”
Just as our young friend in my Sunday morning group went to find our friend from Venezuela and guide her safely to church, Jesus will come to us and guide us in life.
Blessed, Son of God You’re with me in this place Seated so far above Yet with me in this place
I love the lyrics All Eyes On You starts with. Jesus is both on his throne in heaven and with us here at the same time. Because he is seated on his throne, He is Lord of All and can help us in any situation. Because he is with us in the here and now at the same time, we never go through any situation on our own.
Jesus is not some distant deity we hope to appease. He is Immanuel-God with us. He is always with us and yet always on his throne. We can look to him in times of trouble, times of confusion, times of despair, We can look to him in every situation.
God is always at work in our lives which is comforting. As we go through our lives, we have up and downs, twists and turns, and at times may wonder if any good can come about at all. Being finite, we tend to focus on the moments in our lives, but God has the long view of our lives.
So if our lives are stories, then one mishap, one mistake, one tragedy, one trial, does not define our lives in God’s view. That one thing we tend to dwell on and beat ourselves up about might only be one page of the story God is at work to bring about in our lives.
I love the way Katy Nicole’s song God Is In The Story portrays it.
God is in this story, God is in the details Even in the broken parts, He holds my heart, He never fails When I’m at my weakest, I will trust in Jesus Always in the highs and lows, the One who goes before me God is in this story
As my home church announces that our Worship Director is leaving to move back home to Atlanta this morning, it brings to mind something I often share with people. God already knows. God is eternal and is not bound by time. He created time for us to live within, but the boundaries of time do not apply to God, so God already knows who the next Worship Director will be.
Jesus shared about this wonderful truth when he shared about prayer in Matthew 6:
Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
God knows what we need before we ask. He knows our needs now and our needs for the future. God is not caught off guard nor surprised by anything.
I find it comforting to remember that God knows before I ask. So when I pray, I am asking him to show me and to guide me. Whatever we face, God already knows the need and the outcome.
I had the blessing of having lunch with my pastor yesterday. We ate at a restaurant called East Oven which serves food from India. It was an hour of wonderful fellowship and great food.
As we ate, we shared a lot about what is going on in our lives and our backgrounds. As I shared about how Jesus has worked in my life, so many memories of how Jesus has made a way for me when there did not seem to be any way came to mind.
One example is the time I left Minneapolis where I was studying for ministry to return to Lincoln. At the time I was sick and could not finish the semester. I had a full tank of gas and only ten dollars in quarters and yet I made it home. I prayed and asked Jesus to help me make it to Lincoln. I made it back. I shared about it more fully in 10 Dollars in Quarter, An Old Chevette, and 430 miles to go.
So many times Jesus opened opportunities for me that only he could have arranged. So many times as I look back, I see God’s grace in my life.
Jesus is truly the way maker as the song Way Maker proclaims.
I love this song by Iveth Luna. We can look to Jesus in any situation knowing he has the power to help when things seem hopeless. I just listened to it and did not want to wait for Music Monday to share it.
She has a beautifully powerful voice and sings in English and in Spanish which I admire. May it bless you as much or more than it did me. 🙂
There is mercy that won’t run dry There is a kindness that never dies It is deep, it is wide There is mercy that won’t run dry
As we go through life, we hit dry times, rough patches, and trials that can drag us down. The good news is that Jesus is ever present offering us mercy, kindness, and renewal of our strength. We can come to Jesus anytime to find that mercy that won’t run dry.
The Well by I Am They is a wonderful reminder that we can come to Jesus anytime. Jesus is waiting for us with open arms. May this song bless you as much or more than it did me.
Gifted an incredible gift to slip away just the two of us, my man and I took every opportunity to soak in the great joy held abundantly in the salty waters. Each afternoon he would tenderly inflate the vest to keep me afloat, and don his long fins to do the kicking for the both […]
I don’t know about you, but I have never been placed in a fiery furnace, placed in a lions den, come to the Red Sea with nowhere to go while being chased by chariots, faced a giant, had a wife give birth at the age of 90, or any of the other wonders that God worked for people in the Old Testament.
When we read those accounts, they can be encouraging for our faith but perhaps a bit difficult to relate to. However, the same God who performed those wonders is the great I AM. He has all power and loves us deeply. When we pray, we are praying to the same God who did all of those miraculous things in the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Acts of the Apostles.
I will always remember the summer of 2020 during the height of the pandemic and being told classes I had taught at the college in the evenings for 20 years were permanently canceled. I had no way to seek out anything in the midst of the pandemic to replace the lost income I depended on for the summer. I heard Lauren Daigle’s song Rescue and prayed-Jesus I need you to rescue me. I had shared with a few people about my problem, but could not have anticipated what would happen. In the following weeks, I received enough money each month to make up for the lost income most of it anonymously.
Whatever situation we face, we can pray to the same God who performed the miracles we read about in the bible.