From time to time, an image or observation that I have noticed throughout the week sticks with me.
It is like a giant red exclamation mark that dangles from thin air.
What stirs my curiosity is when I notice a variation of that same scene - multiple times in a week.
The red exclamation marks in my mind float around as I recall what I have seen and I begin to wonder if God has a purpose for me being unable to shake them from my thoughts.
I have learned throughout my life that there is an object lesson in everything….I just need to look and listen for God’s message. This week was one of those weeks. This scene, for me, was one to stop and ponder.
| || |
What seemed like a normal thing, spoke volumes. It was a simple manifestation of love, coupled with unspoken questions of guidance and concern. “What will we do? What is next? and I need your strength!” It was simply one person resting their head on another’s shoulder and the other one reassuring with a tender touch. A closely connected form of a hug.
Sweet… Tender… Sincere…and filled with deep emotion. Each time I witnessed this scene, a soft whisper spoke, “take notice!” I even caught myself in this same position as dear friends gathered to pray for my family and me during my dad’s open-heart surgery this week. It was a tender moment shared between two. Another giant exclamation mark hovered overhead as a gentle peace engulfed me.
John 13:23 There was reclining on Jesus' bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.
Many questions began to flow through my mind; the first being, why was this information important enough to be included into the Bible? How was it that John even felt so comfortable being this close to Jesus? What led up to this intimacy? What importance does it play in my life?
| || |
What I saw and experienced this week was a beautiful display of love. As tears were shed and broken hearts cried out, sweet loving hands of peace stroked the anxious heart and mind. Gentle words whispered softly as though they came straight from the Father himself! God’s chosen vessels became instruments of His love and His character was reflecting through these acts of kindness.
John was near to Jesus. He had the ear of the one who could work miracles and change lives. Jesus was close to John. Though there is no certain evidence, I believe that when He answered John’s question at the Passover table, it was intended for only John to hear. There was a special bond between Jesus and John.
Do you feel close enough to whisper in His ear?
Perhaps there are struggles, stresses, or concerns that are currently weighing heavy on your heart. Whisper them to Jesus. Lean on His bosom. Experience the tender floods of peace as He whispers back, “I am here!”
“It’s ok!” or...
“There’s nothing that surprises me, I have you in my hand!”
Charles Spurgen has written, “Put all the weight of your care, all the weight of your whole self, and all that concerns you upon Him and then recline with delight upon His bosom.”
My precious child, I want you to know that my grace is sufficient and that I truly will provide for your every need…your need to feel sufficient, acceptable, and used. I see your heart. I know your desires. My ways are higher and I see the bigger picture. Trust me! Continue running. Continue upholding my chosen and your beloved friends in prayer…encouraging them. Be the faithful steward of their gifts and yours, for in due time, when you are truly ready, I will show you yet another path. The journey I have planned is full of moments that can only come from me. I am the lover of your soul. Trust me! Hold fast! Be faithful in the call that I have on your life right now – be faithful to do all that I have asked of you. This includes resting and abiding at my feet. I desire great things for you. See, I am doing something good even now! I do all things well. I have made you for such a time as this. It is my plan from before the time you were even born. I have chosen you for my Kingdom purpose. I place my desires in your heart! Wait – Trust in me!
Like Peter with John, others will notice that you are special to the Lord. They will depend on you to ask requests’ and inquire of the Master for them, for they know you have the ear of God.
It is then that you are also able to share your shoulder, your bosom, because Christ lives within you. The character of God will pour out in physical form…a tender touch…a closely connected hug…loved poured out from the Father himself!
And He alone will carry them…and you!
He shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom. Isa. 40:11
Leaning on Jesus' Bosom,
Join us October 10-12 as we listen to the whispers God has for us at the Restore Retreat. Click below for more information!