Journey – An Act of Traveling From One Place to Another…..
Throughout our lives people and relationships come and go. Some relationships last a lifetime, others, only a season or two.
With each season, as relationships change, we too are changed. Our hearts, minds and emotions are affected. We can either be positively affected and our hearts rejoice or negatively affected and our hearts become hard and closed off.
How we deal with these changes will be a witness to others of where we are in our relationship with Jesus.
On our journey we have one constant. If Jesus is Savior and Lord of your life, then that relationship never ends! It will always be changing, but it will be because we’re growing and maturing as we move into a deeper more intimate relationship with Him.
So in this journey, as we travel from one relationship to another, as people move in and out of our lives, do they see Jesus?
I know for myself it’s been a real challenge! The way God wired me, once I open my heart to someone, I am all in. I’m completely committed and will fight with everything I have in me to protect and nurture that relationship. I love and care deeply. So when a season comes to an end, a part of me dies with the changes that take place.
I’m still learning that in my walk with Jesus and others, I must love and care with a surrendered heart and open hands! I’m called by Jesus to love no matter what, for as long as He asks me to do so.
We must come to a place in our relationships that we get used to different. God is very creative and He needs our obedience to Him so He can move through us and draw others to Himself.
So as you travel from one place in your life journey to another, remember, time spent with Jesus and nurturing that relationship will spill over into the lives of the people He brings into our lives, whether it’s for a lifetime or simply a season. Be moldable, teachable, surrendered, soft hearted and obedient and abide in His love.
“Love one another as I have loved you…” John 13:34
“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. “ John 17:9
Jesus’ whole ministry was immersed in the relationships He had. Some were only for a season, others for a lifetime. First with His Father in Heaven, then with His parents, Joseph and Mary. Next were all of the disciples and the others who followed Him. However, the example I treasure in my heart, comes from His prayer in the garden just before He was arrested. He saw me and He saw us from the beginning. He prayed for us to have a relationship with Him. Though only for a season, while He walked the Earth, they will last a lifetime in Heaven.
Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)
“This then, is how you should pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
We would like to thank Janie Keller for sharing this post.