A Bridge of Reconciliation On The Journey!

ImageOn my journey in Christ, I climb mountains, go through valleys, and travel through good times and bad times. In Christ,  He leads me on a way- in life. The manifestation of grace in my life, in the person of Christ, is varied and unique in each person.

John 14:4 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

This is a visual picture, a story to be followed, to see how grace can be a bridge of reconciliation. I am not talking about salvation but about reconciling your past with your present. Trying to find answers to unanswered questions.

Do you feel that grace is a constant that takes you on a journey that is predictable because you have come into its revelation? Absolutely not! I have not arrived. Grace is constant, real and true and it is a moving journey. None of us have arrived and we are traveling on a path in Christ.

Sometimes my grace journey takes me through flat terrain in the Spirit without great challenges or turmoil. These are days where I experience a tangible rest. On these days, there are no altercations and peace is the order of the day, or month, or even year.

Sometimes a grace journey takes me up mountains where rest seems to evade me. I am climbing into something new and I can easily get out of breath if I attempt to go up without learning that without Christ, I can do nothing. Il get weary and tired. At these times, I am taught to trust God for strength and fortitude. I learn about rest in a different, a new way.

Other days a grace journey takes me to places where I have to cross a bridge to get to the other side. I have to come to terms with what I have walked through in life by simply trusting Christ Jesus for it all to make sense. Or perhaps it will never make sense. Trust Him.

It is difficult at times to reconcile my past with my present, where I now stand in time. In other words, questions arise in my life that never seem to have answers. What was it all for? Standing now in time, there are areas where I simply have no understanding as to why I went through what I went through in my life. Why? How come? The heart asks so many questions. I ask. Do you?

On my journey in grace, I come to a bridge that will lead me over to a different place in life. That bridge presents itself when I have to realize that some of those questions will never be answered. What am I going to do? Will I stand in one place or will I reconcile my past with my present by simply realizing something?  I don’t know why I went through what I went through. I may never know.

Grace in the person of Christ says something simple. “Will you trust me?” That question, left unanswered, may leave me standing at the bridge for a long long time. Perhaps some of us are still there waiting for answers that we may never receive.We are anchored to past events, past hurts, past ______. Just fill in the blanks for your own life.

My ‘need to know’ why things happen as they do may never be fully satisfied. Unanswered questions remain unanswered and if I can’t let go and move forward, I may walk in life but my heart will be anchored in another time and another place.

I read on Facebook about grace – glorious victorious awesome empowerment made available to all who put their trust in Christ. Cross the bridge in grace, in Him. Forgive, let go and move on. Life moves on with or without you. Move. I don’t want to see you still waiting and standing at that bridge forever.

I look back at times and see that I simply don’t understand my life at times. Unanswered questions abound. My journey in faith suddenly puts me before this same bridge again. I walk on it and trust He who is trustworthy, Christ Jesus.

Reconcile your past by seeing the reality of the questions that overtake your heart NOW.  Cry, grieve, get angry, yell or shout. Then turn and look at Him calling you forward in His grace. Trust Christ Jesus. Look forward and walk. A simple solution – trust Christ Jesus.

Too simplistic for you? My life is filled with the same unanswered questions. I look back and then I look at Him. I trust Him to lead me forward. Forgive. I forgive others and even myself. I seek no closure to some injustices in my life. He is enough. Simple and true.

Moving IN TIME – in Faith or in Fear

ImageWe  live in time, move in time and are affected by the ‘times’. With that being said, it is necessary to see that the times that we live in can affect us in many different ways. IN TIME we can move in faith or in fear. I can see in my own life, I have done both and in writing this I want to expound a bit to encourage you. Walk on in this!

 I have made some bad decisions in my life and I conclude that some were made in fear and not in faith. Let me be gut level honest with you. I believe the current apartment we live in was a decision based on the fear of trying to save some money and ‘cheap it’ rather than step out in faith, and move into something different that God was pointing to at the time of our decision. My thoughts were founded in fear, not faith and from that, I made a less than desirable decision. How gracious God is that He moves through our seemingly wrong decisions and makes good of all of it!

In spending time before the Lord, contemplating that He works all things for good I realized that God can take time and the decisions that we make in time, even those made in fear, and work them for good. Onward in this!

God spoke these words to me which then started me on this journey of writing this down for all to see. He said:

Faith moves you in My time, fear moves you in man’s time.

Ouch! There you go! My mistake was simply that at that moment in the time of the decision, I moved in a fear of lack. What if I had moved in faith? Well, we would be living somewhere else, but not Valencia. Now please don’t tell me that God can change it or shift it for me. I know He can but I don’t believe He will because this is all working for something great and glorious and I can still move forward in this place. It’s not the end of the world but what a great lesson for MOI!

Decisions based upon the fear of not having enough money, not having this or that leaves you with a decision based on fear and out of the timing of God. (But remember, He works it for good so don’t fear. LOL!) Fear moves you into man’s timing of the what if’s, what can happen, why are you doing this? Fear causes you to move in lack, in constant worry, in turmoil, dissatisfaction and so much more. I worried because I entered into man’s timing of fear. I self-talked to myself with such things as:

You can’t really afford this extra $300.

What if there is no money coming in?

What if we can’t pay the rent?

What if?

What if?

What if?

What about faith? When decisions are made in faith, they are made from a relationship with a Father that loves you and wants only what is good for you. Faith brings you into the unknown where people may simply not understand. It is a risk and it stretches you beyond your level of understanding or trying to make sense of it all. I had to interject FAITH into TIME to walk into a realm of the unknown but a realm where God was leading me.

I am a woman of faith and so after I beat myself up for a few days I simply received God’s grace into the situation. I realized I was not perfect. Yes it’s true! Even after being a Christian for many years, I am so not perfect. (Said with a grin on my face! It’s a joke folks!) It was at that point I really learned some things, which will help me greatly in the future.

Some thoughts about decisions made in time – faith or fear? That is coming tomorrow.