Many great works and wonders of God go unseen.
The morning mist was lying in a thick blanket over brockholes reserve as I drove past this morning. How I wish I could have stopped to capture that moment, but as with all great moments it was gone so soon. In the picture you see two walls either side of the path. People seem oblivious of the fact that this path is here. It runs through Cuerden Valley park and it is overgrown, but there are lovely plants and trees growing within this walled path and if you walk this path then you walk the path without being seen as the walls are high either side.
We have one moment in this life, one chance.
The decision to turn to Jesus was a monumental step for myself as when I was growing up I was one of those kids that criticised and stood against Him. Even when God was with me in all those caverns that I used to explore with reckless abandon, and I kept on telling people that I had either the luck of the gods or some angel was looking after me. Even after escaping a collapsing cavern on more than one occasion and feeling like the ceiling had been held up for a slit second more until I was clear, I still would not admit that it was God standing by me all those years.
We have no excuse in denying Him.
Looking back in retrospect it becomes blatantly clear that God has been with me through all those times I was denying him. I have no excuse to deny Him now. How can I if He has taken me from a sinner to someone who is aware and is on a journey. As Paul says in his second letter to the Corinthians.
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight
When we set out with Christ there is no option but to follow the path to the end.
In the picture you see two walls either side of the path. People seem oblivious of the fact that this path is here. If you start the path there is no exit unless you climb over the wall. Living with Christ guiding us through the Spirit is like this. Once you choose to follow you must follow its route to the end. It can take a massive effort to leave Christ – as Judas did. Judas Iscariot walked with Christ those three years, following and perhaps healing and doing much good work, but it must have taken a huge struggle to step away from Christ. Perhaps we will never know why he did that. Perhaps Judas walked by sight, being dazzled by earthly things, by earthly temptations. There are many temptations today that lead away from the message of Christ.
Some people struggle with glory for themselves instead of devoting themselves as servants of others for God’s glory. There is a difference between wanting to make a good impression and keeping the glory for ourselves.
14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
I pray that we all walk the path that leads to God, being controlled by the love of Christ. I pray that we are not tempted beyond what we can take and that we prepare everyday for Glorious battle against sin, to lead as many to God as we can. Let us go to the work and sow and reap.