I've been tagged by my online pal, Shalene of A Proverbs 31 Woman Wannabe to describe what I think Jesus would say to me if I were to meet Him face to face. To be honest, I don't think Jesus' message to me would be any different than it is to me every day. I think He would reiterate what He consistently says to me. But MY response. . .whoa baby, I imagine that would be completely different. I envision the scene something like this:
I am cleaning up the breakfast dishes, grumbling under my breath about how I have to do all the dirty work and no one appreciates what I do, when there is a tap at my back door. I holler, "Come on in," knowing that my close friends and family are the usual back door rappers. At the sight of Jesus, I am stunned. I know who He is, though He doesn't resemble anything Ive ever imagined. Involuntarily, my knees give way and I find myself on the floor.
Reaching down a hand to me, Jesus says, "Do not fear."
Like being caught in a dream, I try to speak, but nothing will come out.
"Come," He says, flexing His fingers, "You are wholly and dearly loved."
I lift my own hand, but the weight of who I am causes me to drop it again.
"Why don't you trust Me?" His eyes narrow as He looks straight into my soul. "Here," He says as He slips His hands beneath my arms and pulls me up slowly.
My eyes become lost in His and tears start welling up.
"What is it?" He asks softly.
"I. . .this. . .this is all I am," I mutter.
"I know who you are," He says smiling, gently moving the stray hair out of my eyes. "Be faithful to what I have given you."
"I love You, Lord," I whisper as I bury my head in His chest.
"Mmm. . .," He replies, wrapping His arms around me, "and I love you, My child."
His words to me, the same as nearly every day:
Do not fear.
You are wholly and dearly loved.
Why don't you trust Me?
What is it?
I know who you are.
Be faithful to what I have given you.
I love you, My child.
My words to Him, few. Most notably missing are the questions, the requests, the pleading.
I've asked God many, many times, to give me a glimpse of Him, knowing that even a tiny peek at His glory will forever change me. I'm not sure why He hasn't answered this request, but I have a sneaking suspicion it has something to do with trusting Him and building my faith. Until I meet Him face to face, I wait in eager anticipation and heed the words He gives me now.
I'm supposed to tag a few other bloggers to do this. I'm choosing some I know IRL.
Brenda of Living with RAD
forgiven of Seeking Him
Rachelle of Surrendering to God's Gift of Ellie Grace
The challenge is on girls! Take a whack at it!
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