Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Pilgrim's Journey

God speaks to me—not with an audible voice, but through His creation. When I gaze into the heavens, whether clouds or blue sky, sunshine or moonlight, I see His majesty and experience peace. Even though the surroundings of my life appear messy at times, I can trust the truth of His existence and His awareness of my situations. 

Recently I drove several hours to visit my mother. Times with her are always special, but this particular visitation included another surgery to remove an aggressive cancerous tumor. Worry, dread, and fear attempted a take over of my mind, so I cried out to God. He revealed His answer through scores of signs and wonders along the way. 

It seemed everywhere I looked, God made known His love and faithfulness—He knew I needed reminders. I yearned to snap pictures with my phone, but driving on a bustling interstate prevented me from forever saving photos. So I took mental pictures for future remembrances of God’s Presence in my life and the world. 

The expanse of sunny blue sky displaying billowy clouds triggered in me an awareness of God’s peace. Crosses atop churches and cell towers proclaimed God’s sovereignty over His creation. Flower-topped crosses along the roadside represented God’s healing power for families losing a loved one in an accident. Several billboards quietly announced the clear-cut reality of a God who loves us all, saying, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life” and “Jesus loves you.”

God didn’t stop with these examples of His Presence. As I drew close to another church, I saw a big red cross next to the road. Written on the crossbeam were the words Jesus saves. While passing several vehicles, I spotted another red cross taped on the back of a huge transfer truck. Wow God, you’ve surely made an effort to speak to me. You’ve got my attention! Thank you!

Then I remembered God’s covenant with Abraham (found in Genesis 15)—He knew man would break the contract and He Himself would fulfill the promise. And He did. At the perfect time He sent His Son Jesus Christ to step into our place and receive our punishment for sins we committed. He gave His life to save us all. If He’s a God who will die for us, for me, isn’t He a God who will take care of us, of me? 

Yes, He’s such a committed God that He even displays reminders of His love. Is anyone listening and paying attention to His signs and wonders? Are we noticing His crosses along the way? In case you’re wandering on earth or wondering about life, remember the God who created you, the God who died for you, the God who loves you. He is beside you and He wants you to take notice. He is faithful!

He said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” John 20:25 (NIV)

Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24 (NIV)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore. 
Psalm 121 (NIV)

Click on the link below and enjoy the song entitled “Shoulders” by For King and Country.

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29 (NIV)


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