My dialogue with God sounds like a plea. “God, if I write about death, about dying to self, about the ultimate surrender, nobody will want to read my blog posts. I will lose my friends.”
It’s All About Exchange
He invites me to come alongside Him and receive a new revelation about death that describes it not gruesome but exhilarating. He places a picture in my mind; you’ve probably seen the graphic. A little girl clutches her shabby old teddy bear with Jesus kneeling across from her asking for it with his out stretched hand. She doesn’t see his other hand holding a huge new bear with a big red heart on it behind his back.
He whispered the word, “Death” and confirmed it to me by a blogger friend who challenged his readers to view worldly pursuits in light of eternity. They become less and Jesus becomes more.
And in a Women’s Bible Study, eternal life rules the discussion group and I pay attention to many voices crying out for freedom to let go of those things that no longer hold His purpose and now feel like burdens.
“Death” may not excite me like whispered words of past years but I know better. When God reveals a new direction, I pay attention.
Fall reveals color in the dead things. The season that serviced me once with vibrant life dies and now a new season emerges. It’s beautiful too.
It’s like that in my life. Those good things in the past that fed me no longer hold the same value. I’m done with hanging on to the old when God tells me He has something new and vibrant.
Join me in the challenge to die to self. Awe c’mon…it will be fun.
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.” John 12:24