It is heading towards midday on a beautiful spring day here in Australia. I find myself with an idea brewing, a question in my mind, and God in my heart. Not a bad place to be. What of all the lessons about journeying to God do I share?
And so I start with the mess..
The ‘Beck’s Life’ journey has been full of twists and turns. It has taken me down dark corridors of wondering if I would ever see the light again. Serious illness, rebellion, breakdown, suicide attempts, abandonment, divorce ¬- just to put a label on a few. You would be forgiven for thinking that most people don’t fully recover from something like that list. But that is just it. It’s a list of things that are past. And just as surely as God holds the future and present in his more than capable hands, he holds the past too. And so it is with wonder in my heart that I can declare this… GOD IS FAITHFUL. God is healer of brokenness. He will restore even the most troubled of pasts if you allow him to intervene. And my testimony is that when he does, its done well! Those troubled times can, and will, be used for the good of his kingdom. We humans are frail. But with his Spirit within us, his power is made evident in our weakness.
2 Corinthians 4:7-9 “But we have these treasures in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belong to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Where was God during all that horror? Right beside me, holding me and loving me. That amazing protective love that says “Do not fear, you are worth so much more than you think right now.” So the Journey towards God was a decision for me to know that he was already there, and I was joining with him.
Our Father ‘journeyed’ towards us at the dawn of time. He never abandoned us. And the second he hears us crying out his name he rushes to us. The question is this. Do you want to be with Him? Start the journey of coming home, just like the prodigal son returned to his father (Luke 15:11-32). And continue the journey – being conscious of God’s presence with you. Listen to his truth as he says that you are worthy of his love. Trust his plan is a good one, and he knows who you are, in all your uniqueness. He has the ‘best fit’ plan, made just for you.
And my dear friends…ENJOY THE JOURNEY!
Rebecca Baxter lives in a small country town in Australia. She is mother of five children. Between everyday life activities Rebecca is also a leader of an online prayer community called ‘The Sanctuary Prayer Space’ https://www.facebook.com/intothesanctuaryparkes and is called to journey with people who have broken pasts and bright futures in Gods hands.