Do you ever wonder what it might be like to truly surrender ALL to Jesus? Is there anything in your life that would not be safe with Him? Ignore Mr. Beaver’s shout in your ear that “No, He’s not safe! But He’s good!” *
Well, what if things don’t go the way we want them to? Is that a loss of safety? In the end, does it matter?
Doing the Two-Step
Our Elders led our meeting at church on Sunday. Instead of a regular Sermon Sunday, we soaked in Scripture. I think God spoke to many of us with the Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer service.
When thinking of drawing close to God, it’s probably easy to go straight to our shortcomings. Our sins. Our wayward thoughts followed by actions or words we prefer not to remember. Right? You know—one step forward and two steps back.
But, if SOAP leads us to being WITH Jesus instead of trying to live a worthy life, what might that look like?
How strange—that weightless feeling of giving self over to be held in the Hand of God.
Be Still With Jesus
I love to be out in the woods, by the river. It’s where I feel closest to Jesus, whether I am talking to Him or just enjoying being in that place with Him. I imagine the River of Life flowing from the Throne of God. One day I’ll see the real thing. For now, I relish what He has created for us here.
Many times I have sat on rocks and imagined that Jesus sat next to me and we delighted in just being together. No need for words. Just sitting. Companionably.
I love this painting by Greg Olsen, Artist. It comes close to my imagination. Jesus standing on the rock cliffs above the river flowing from glory, looking toward His Father’s dwelling. He’s just being. I can put myself in the picture.
What is your picture?
I think this might be where SOAP could take us.
Just being with Jesus. That’s all.
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 62: 5-6 NIV).
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis