Imagine If

There is a word pretty popular on the internet right now thanks to a highly watched TV show. If you haven’t watched This Is Us this week, don’t read any further.

Crock Pot. That is the word. I think my favorite article that I read this week was titled “19 Best Twitter Reactions To This Is Us” (Side note: I didn’t realize people disliked Miguel so much…until George came along that is). My husband was one of the people to post about the Crock Pot on his FaceBook page, and truthfully we did joke that we would never use one again.

The word, Crock Pot. The reason, NBC’s plan, for Jack’s death.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5

The Word, the Word, the Word. What does that mean anyway? Word, coming from the Greek word logos means the reason or the plan. Jews and Greeks used the word logos to refer to not just the spoken word, but also the unspoken word, or the reason. And in John 1:1, logos refers to Jesus.

What is it about Jesus?

Just like a Crock Pot was the reason for Jack’s death, Jesus is the reason for our abundant life.

Jesus, was in the beginning, was with God, and was God. The reason. Because He holds all things together. The plan. In Him was no darkness, only light that shined in the darkness.

Last week I shared that my word for 2018 was “behold”. And over the past few weeks I have been asking God what He wants me to “behold” this coming year.

Behold, I am with you always.
Behold, I am doing a new thing.
Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Jesus.

What would happen if we shifted from believing that God is good, to knowing that God is good? What would happen if we didn’t just believe that Jesus rose from the dead, but we KNEW it with everything in us? What would happen if we didn’t fear that His word wasn’t true, because we KNEW that it was?

I think if we did that, we would behold. We would be continually looking into His eyes with awestruck wonder.

And if it is true, and He is who He says He is…. then that means everything changes, and that makes everything beautiful. And that means we won’t just get what we ask for, because we get so much more that we can ever think to ask or imagine.

I tell you that it is not even the end of January yet, and there have been at least a handful of moments that have taken my breathe away. Unexpected moments that have stopped me in my tracks. Moments that I can only claim complete amazement in Jesus. Moments when I have wanted to cry, but I have been so stunned that I couldn’t.

I know it can be scary, and I know what it is like to be so uncertain of what lies ahead. But when you know He is God, and He asks you to step out of the boat and you take that leap of faith, you will see that you won’t fall into a pit of darkness, but straight into the arms of Jesus.

He Called Her Daughter

The women, who touched the edge of His robe… just the edge… was healed, immediately. 12 years of bleeding and isolation. Healed, in a second. Now, she wouldn’t be untouchable.

But see, she didn’t just get the healing she desparately desired. No, Jesus sought her out in the crowd to look her in the eye to call her Daughter. I bet that she was awestruck. I bet that even though she knew that He would heal her that maybe there was a part of her that wondered. But I bet that wonder came over her as she was healed and as she trembled at His feet as He called her Daughter.

What would happen if we didn’t just touch the edge of His robe, but emersed ourselves in His love?

awestruckwonder pinterestI know that feeling, the feeling of wonder and surprise. And honestly, I hope I never ever stop being surprised when His word is true. Ever. I never want to shrug off His power. I always want to stand in awe and wonder of who He is.
What would happen if we all didn’t  just touch the edge of His robe, but we emersed ourselves in His love? What would happen if we followed what He had before us with everything in us? What if we didn’t fall at His feet in trembling fear, but awestruck worship? What if we said God, I am all in, I am looking to you, I am looking straight at You, my life is Yours.
Behold.

2 Comments

  • Reply Holly January 31, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    For someone who has dealt with anxiety, I loved this part “What if we didn’t fall at His feet in trembling fear, but awestruck worship?” SO beautiful! Great post!

    • Reply Jessica January 31, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you! I have my moments with anxiety so…. I feel you 🙂

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