May 8, 2014.
As I am transitioning into a new chapter of my life, I can’t help to feel a longing to stay with the people that I have built very strong relationships with and love with all my heart. Though it is an exciting time in that I am moving to a new place with new things to do, it is also a very sad time in my life. Sometimes I believe that the sadness is too much. It truly breaks my heart to go. It is in these times that I have to ask myself (or have others ask it for me): Do I really trust in my Savior?
How much does God love us, to send his Son to live a human life, experience human trials and eventually lay down his life as a ransom for our souls? Now, that I think we believe. Or at least that is the line that we have heard, some of us for all our lives. But what are the implications of this adage?
“And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
I think the love of a father, or the love of a mother is something that we can understand. We have seen it, it is tangible to us. Even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves, I think we have seen it in other people. Now, with that love in mind, what would a loving father or mother not do in effort to be with their child in times of need? In times of loneliness? In times of depression? I would argue that they would do anything in their power to help their child. It’s instinctive. How much does God love his children? How much power does God have? How much more will he be there in times of true need? I believe we shut the love of God at times, especially when times get hard and we need him most. It’s easier to get mad or just get up then it is to trust in God. God sees the ultimate outcome of our struggles here on earth. We don’t. That makes it hard to trust Him.
One of the biggest struggles I have at the moment is the fear that I am leaving all the people I love and going to a strange place where I know very few people. I love my friends now, how will I find the same group? Who will be there for me? How will I continue my spiritual walk? All of these questions come to mind as I face this new journey. But I must recall some of the last words of Jesus before he ascended into heaven:
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Many of us know this as the great commission, and I have referenced this passage many times for such applications. But today I want to focus on that last part. “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” That was what Jesus said to his disciples before he ascended to the Father. It seems that he wanted them to know that his leaving in a physical sense did not mean his presence was leaving them. He wanted us to know that he is always with us. Our unfailing friend. Our constant Savior and Lord. And one day, we will again all be together, with the Almighty.
It is thoughts like this that give me a hope to push through the pain of separation. We will meet our family again, never to part. It will be a wonderful existence. While we are here on earth, our focus should be one gathering souls so that they can dwell with us as well. Yes, our friends and families matter so much. But lost souls are our priority. If you need something to get you through a hard time in your life, may I suggest focusing on His glory. Sometimes its just what you need to bring everything into perspective. Remember, this too shall pass. Everything will. Bad and Good. Until we reach that land divine, where those words will have no meaning. Let us set our eyes on the goal, the upward calling of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Suggested Daily Reading: Matt 7, 28, Luke 11, Revelation 21.
God be with you.