That’s what Jesus came for. His heart for us sees us both as we are and as we will be. The old was crucified with Him on the cross. What would it look like for us to see this both in ourselves and in each other?
Yes, there’s the muck. The muck must take its rightful place, though. In an ocean of newness, grace, mercy and love. If we could get a handle on this, the world would change and we would be the bride that we were meant to be. Equal, reigning, sharing, and a joint heir with Christ. You know, riding in the front seat of the getaway car after the wedding reception. With Him.
A friend of mine saw His face in a dream once. She describes it as the human face of a man who has suffered. She saw the pores on his arm. When He looks into our eyes, as we follow Him, he will too see deep chasms of the suffering that we have been through. And there will be a mutual understanding. This is what He wants. Friends who understand. And love him.
48He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. 50For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
There is nothing better on the planet than a love relationship with God. All of Hell cannot stop this. The greatest counter attack to the evil that comes against us is knowing we are loved. What we’re left with when the dust settles is love in our own hearts for God. This is a pearl of great price.
I sit here today not understanding the suffering that we have had to go through. And I don’t think I’m meant to. His ways are higher, his thoughts not my thoughts. I am happiest when I stay in this place. Knowing that I’m new, that I cost something. That suffering exists, for some reason, so that we will be able to live and laugh and cry and understand in the ways that we were meant to in the same way that Adam and Eve did in the garden.
We are meant for fellowship with God. Walking with Him in the cool of the morning. It is the Source of all things good. We are also being trained. Trained to rule and reign in a kingdom by being led down low roads. And it is this mystery that must lead me to nothing short of worship.