This time we opted for a forest walk and asked God to walk with us.
Whilst we know he is always with us, there seems to be specific times when He says ‘walk with me’ and this was one of them. We chose to ‘look up’. The majestic pines towered above us, refusing all distractions and reaching straight up to the light.
We felt small amidst the huge trees, yet looked down to find heart-shaped blossom at our feet.
A reminder that His love is all around us, if we have eyes to see.
We saw more of this right at the end of our walk, again reminding us that He – the King whose name is Love – is our Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
How easily the word Forgiveness trips off my tongue. Yet as I consider the depth of the betrayal of Jesus and the agony of the cross, the grace of His quiet forgiveness strikes me anew. How quick I am to take offence if I feel slightly ignored or badly treated by people I don’t know, let alone by friends. Yet He foreknew what would happen, and did not forbid Judas to come to the last supper or turn away from the fake kiss.
Walking through the dark valley of the shadow does not sound so bad if You are with me But O I underestimated the thick, impenetrable blackness and swirling confusion of that valley. The gut-wrenching shock - how did I get here? No road back. I stumble though this strange land Every tragedy that ever assailed me seems to return And here I am stuck, red eyes awake Heart shaking Dreading the unknown path ahead...scared, if I am honest.
Fear not, child. I am with you. I will never NEVER leave you alone. I am not the author of confusion I am close beside in that valley I myself traversed.
I WILL restore your soul It may take time but let us journey. The wind of my spirit will lift the chaotic clouds of confusion And you will find that there are Green pastures, and still waters. Places of peace for you to find. I will renew your strength
A shepherd has eyes only for the sheep And I am a good shepherd I will not allow you to stay lost and confused My comfort and anointing are here for you. I will prepare such a feast for you The enemy who watches will flee in confusion As I reveal my favour, sacrifice and goodness.
I would like you to trust. But whether you do or whether you don’t Or perhaps just some of the time My love is unfailing. Ever-present I am with you.