Being Beloved On The Journey
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." John 15:13, 15 -
I want to remember why I started writing within this space. Beneath the heading, Being Beloved. It has been three years now. Three years so far of walks and talks, reading words, and writing about it all. I think I started this for myself, to keep track of what I see as God’s love marking my way.
It is so easy to forget or to think love is not for you until your life is straightened out. Habits are all conquered. Bad attitudes eliminated. But in reality, it is God’s love that reminds us through ordinary life that He is still there pursuing us pulling us through the difficulties we all have within our person.
This is the spiritual journey. This is the being perfected by Him, not ourselves. Jesus is the friend that tells us, “all is not lost let’s start again.” We may be stalled because God cannot go on until the bad habit or wrong attitude is cast aside and no longer trusted upon to be part of our life.
The mercy is God does not leave us in whatever destructive pattern we are in. We can still trust He is there.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
If we are His followers if we are walking with Him, talking to Him, essentially having a real relationship with Him. A friendship is being forged. Not a mere acquaintance but a deep relationship where you respect each other, listen closely when the other is talking. There is giving and receiving.
We are dear to each other. We have faith in each other. We both exist and are very real to the other. I think this is why I started writing what I call Being Beloved.
Because I spent too long doubting His love. Yet God kept showing up in unexpected places and unplanned ways. God loves me. He calls me beloved.
I decided to accept this love and to live right into it instead of pushing it away. One day I stepped over that parapet, that protective barrier that had become nothing but a self-induced prison. I stepped over the barricade expecting I might fall but I didn’t. Instead, the dearest of friends welcomed me back to the journey.