This is my first guest post by a new friend Marigold Jones. You can link to her blog here. Mari writes about her life’s journey from lost to found…”toward the city with foundations, whose architect is God” Hebrews 11:10
So enjoy this post and please leave a comment and also check out her blog as well!
My life is a journey of being here and staying here, on this tough path that chose me. However, I have given my life’s journey over to the one who made the sun, the moon, and the stars. For better or worse, I vowed I would follow Him until I see Him face to face.
At the end of John chapter six the crowd gathered, and Jesus is talking about eating His flesh and drinking His blood. Jesus said, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” (Verse fifty-four). As twenty-first century Christians, we understand what he was saying; this is not cannibalism. The Jews in verse fifty-two, however, took this literally. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” They didn’t comprehend. Consequently, we are told, “From this point, many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.” (Verse sixty-six)
Jesus asked the twelve, “You do not want to leave too, do you?” (Verse sixty-seven) Peter gave the most profound answer. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe you and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19 Jesus asked the twelve just as He asks us today.
There are days I am tempted to click the “unfollow” button. Just for a bit, though, until the bumpy road levels out and I can see sunny days. Then I will “follow” again. Some days I would rather choose to grumble, wallow in the mud, and sulk in self-pity because this is not the life I chose. Left to my desires, I would take the easy road. Jesus says “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 Frankly, desiring to be like Christ and sticking with it until the end is a tough choice.
Peter put it plainly, “Where else would we go, Lord?”
Where would I go? Back to the previous path I traveled? Granted it was fun and I had life at my fingertips, but to gain the world and lose my soul? Is that worth it? I don’t want to go back.
Jesus called the disciples, just like He calls me, to leave my old way of thinking, pick up my nets, and follow Him. Leave my perfect world expectations and trust (in faith) that His plan for my journey is good.
The “unfollow” button is just a click away. I can give up and give in. Jesus could have removed himself from the cross when the going was beyond tough. He didn’t. He saw His death, burial, and resurrection all the way through to the end.
This journey chose me. Where else would I go when my Savior gave His all?
Father, take my foolish pride and my expectations. Take my life and breath and this heart that is now yours. All my heart’s desires, I lay at your feet. I trust the one who gave sight to the blind, made the broken whole, and walked out of a tomb.
You can have it all Lord; this is your journey, and I follow you.