Thursday, June 21, 2012

Look And See

Conversations In The Garden

"Where are you Lord?" 
I had entered the garden during my meditation/visualization time and once again could not see Jesus.  "I'm up here," he replied. 

Jesus was sitting up on a huge rock overlooking the garden below.  He got down, put out his hand and said, "Come with me."  I put my hand in His and we started climbing up a steep, rugged, dirt path together, at times having to avoid larger stones that were on the path. We stopped near the top and Jesus said to me, "Look behind you and see how far you have come." I turned to look behind me, seeing the garden far below.  Then He said, "Look around and see where you are at now" and as I looked around me I noticed the lush green bushes and trees, colorful flowers, and birds everywhere!  It was like a second garden on the side of a mountain.  My eyes came back to Jesus and he said,  "Now look ahead and see where you are going."  As I searched the path ahead, I said, "But only You know the future!"  and Jesus replied, "Yes, but you can "see" with your mind, imagine yourself healthy and well and living an active life! Imagine the kind of future you desire."

This was not the first time Jesus and I had walked together up a steep path.  Whether in my imagination or in "real life" He has been by my side each step of the way, keeping my hand in his firm grip. 

Today in the garden of my heart, I was asked to look back, to remember all that God has done for me and how far we have come together on this journey called life.  Often when I am striving to get better or be better, I am impatient to reach my destination and I forget that I have made progress.  I forget to be still and enjoy the present moment. Do you ever forget?  Andrew Wommack likes to say, "I have not arrived, but I have left!"  We need to remember we have left and we also need to remember to embrace where we are right now.  Sometimes we forge ahead, sometimes we rest in the moment, and sometimes we meander all the while moving forward.   No matter where we find ourselves, we know we are not alone.  God always has a firm grip on us.

"That's right.  I am the Lord your God
and I am not letting go.
I'm telling you, don't panic. 
 am right here to help you."
Isaiah 41:13
The Message

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Sharon Evans said...

Wow! Isn't it amazing how people can be on the same wavelength half a world away, just shows how wonderful the Lord is.! Your climb with Jesus is similar to one where he takes me to a glade of beauty whenever I feel pain.

Renee said...

Hi Sharon
I thank you for your comment.... Loved your post today on your dream.

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is such an incredibly beautiful post!

Such a good reminder too - I am going to read this post again and again! It really spoke to me. :)

God bless you for all that you do and for your heart.

Pamela said...

A special promise. So thankful that no matter where I am in life, God is with me. Those without pain don't understand how important the garden is. Thank you, Renee, for the peace I'm reminded of.