Before I get into the meet of this blog post, take a listen to this song. I really think it will put us all in the right mood for this post which follows below.
A good friend of mine sent me a very moving story this morning which I would like to share with all of you. I’m paraphrasing here what they said with their permission. I hope that I do this story justice.
Basically, when they were little, they helped to take care of a dog which they loved and cared for deeply, more than words ever can express.
By the way, this is a true story. One night, a thunderstorm came through their area. The way that the story was handed down to me, it sounded like the thunder was quite bad, and quite noisy.
This poor dog, as you probably can imagine, crawled under the bed, and would not come back out. He was scared like crazy of the thunder, and was in a complete utter pannick.
At the time, my friend was the only one there who was small enough to crawl under the bed, and retrieve the dog.
the story could very easily just end here, but there is a very beautiful part to this which actually occured instead. My friend, (we’ll just call her Jennifer, not her real name, but to keep things orderly, I’ll give her an alias,) crawled under the bed, but instead of coming back out with the dog in hands, she spent the whole night under the bed with the dog, speaking softly to it, curling up beside it, holding it in her arms, etc. I’m even told that she sang lullabyes softly to the dog until it finally stopped shaking, and calmed down, which resulted, if I’m understanding this correctly, in both the dog and she falling asleep, again, both under the bed.
Wow! Just wow! Think about this story for just a moment. Think about the parallels we see here in relation to how this clearly illustrates God’s love for all of us children.
First of all, God loves us with a love which passes all of our understanding. Jesus says, “Come to me, and I will give you rest.” (Jeremiah 29:11.) Isn’t that exactly what this story about “Jennifer” and that dog represents?
God could very easily require us to come to him when we’re scared, lonely, full of anxiety, heartbroken, mad, tired, the list just goes on and on! But instead, he’s always there. Hebrews 13 verse 5 sums it up perfectly by saying, “For the Lord has said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Also, in John chapter 14, Christ tells us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in the Father, trust also in me.” What a beautiful thing! God comes to us during the thunderstorms of our life.
Just as the dog trusted in my friend, surrendering itself to her fully, is this not exactly what we should do when we feel like that dog certainly had to have felt?
At times, we just want to run and hide. The noise of the storms in our life get too loud. They’re scarey! Maybe it’s that you’re moving. Maybe it’s you being unsure of certain friendships. Maybe it’s your job… Maybe it’s the fear of this whole pandemic with Covid19 that we’re currently in the midst of. Readers, I’m here to tell you, it’s hard! Real hard! But praise be to our loving Father in Heaven above that we can have this same comfort which was given to that dog.
You know… we call this ministry “Genuine Safe Haven” Ministries. When God meets us in that place, the storms can be calmed. Look at what Jesus did with the twelve disciples. They were in a boat with Jesus when a storm raged through the sea.
Now, think about this for a minute. Imagine you were Peter, James, John, one of those twelve men. Here you are out to sea, your in a boat, probably not a very big boat either. All of a sudden a big storm approaches. Scientifically speaking here, wouldn’t you think for someone in a boat in the middle of the sea, this would be very scarey? You could capsize, and be killed!
Now, here are these twelve disciples. They weren’t just scared… they were terrified, and reasonably so! They went to Jesus, but goodness gracious, he’s over here snoring away sound asleep. Now watch this though.
Once Jesus was woken, what did he do?
That’s right… he rebuked the winds, and the storms. He said, “Be still!” In the storm, Jesus… God… met all of them in their need. And alas, the storms indeed were calmed.
When my friend extended her compassion to this pet, she might not of used those exact words, “Be still, doggy,” but through her gentleness, love, mercy, grace and compassion for him, she brought rest, joy, and peace to him.
If *she* could bring that much love to a pet dog, think how much more love, joy, and compassion Christ brings to his children who choose to believe, and receive.
Maybe that’s something you’ve never done before. Maybe you’ve gone to church, maybe you’ve carried out the moves with your parents, your family, others in your congrigation, etc. Maybe you’ve thought, “I go to church, I try to do good as much as I can. Surely God will reward that, and let me into heaven when I die.”
My friends, the time has now come. We need to boldly profess our faith in the one and the only God almighty, the one messiah. Jesus never said things on earth would be peeches and cream. He never promised joy all the time. In fact, he assured us of quite the oppisit. Here pon earth, this is a sinful world. But Christ came to take the penelty for our wrong doings. You see… All of us have done wrong. We’ve all sinned. If you think you’ve not done so, let me ask you something.
Have you ever raised your voice at your parents when you were younger? Have you ever called someone a fool, or a jerk, stupid, etc? Have you ever lied about something, even if you think it was just a small little fib? Maybe it was so, but the point is, you lied, did you not?
Jesus paid all of this. The punnishment concequences for all of these actions is death! I don’t mean to scare you by saying this, but we all should die because of what we’ve done. That even includes me, so don’t think I’m singling you readers out here! Both children, and adults deserve that punnishment. But!!!!! and here’s the big, “but!!!!!”
Jesus came to this earth as man in flesh, basically no different than you and me. He was on this earth, and lived a perfect life. That’s not something any of us have done, nor ever can do! But Jesus did it. Even through people hating him! He was brutally made fun of. Have you ever in school had people call you names? Jesus was called names. “King of the jews!” He was accused of the unpardonable sin of blasphamy against the Holy Spirit. Have you ever been hit or punched by another person? If not, well, thast’s good, have you ever as a child been spanked? That’s still getting hit! Call it what you will, the point is, not to trigger anything in you, I hope I don’t, but, the point is, if you were as a small child, even just a small little pop, the point is, you were hit.
Guess what!? Jesus not only was hit, he was stripped naikid of all his clothes in public mind you, and was stuck in his side with a sharp spere. I won’t go into the graphic nature of this more to say, do you like going to the doctor, and getting a shot? Now, imagine that, times literally infinity!
As if that wasn’t enough, we spat on him, we cursed him, we made fun of his Father, we taunted him, we mocked him, we percecuted him, and ultimately in the longrun, we took 3 feet long sharp nails, rammed them through his hands, and through his feet, all the way through from one side to the other, and nailed him to a wooden cross. Then, while he was bleeding to death dying, we stood back and laughed, like this was a joking matter. Oh Father forgive us! Jesus himself even said, “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”
Do you think Jesus was scared like this dog was under that bed? Pardon the crude pun, but, oh heavens was he ever! At one point the night before he was crucified, Jesus went out alone. He was so scared with anguish, he practically bled from his brow. If you don’t know what a brow is, basically, think your forehead, essentially, right above your eyes. He was so scared, that this happened.
Face literally in prostration to the ground, he prayed, “Father, if this be thy will, please take this cup from me.”
Now, obviously, he wasn’t talking about an actual physical drinking cup/mug. He was symbolicly referring to taking away this fear, but more so, taking away what he knew inevitably was coming. Go back to the doctor for a minute. Have you now, or as a small child ever begged your doctor to not stick you with a needle? OK, imagine that, times a hundred million trillion times more scared than that!
But, Jesus loved you so much, my friend, dear reader, that he sacrificed. He layd down his life willingly for you, and for me. He took exactly that death punnishment we deserve. Remember I said a bit ago that because of the things we’ve done, we deserve, children and adults both to die? Well, not anymore! Jesus did it for us. Jesus laid down his life. He died for you, and for me. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whosoever believes in him will not parish, but instead have eternal life.” (John 3:16.”
But that’s still not the end. Jesus rose 3 days later! That’s why you and me celibrate Easter, Pascha, call it what you will. That day isn’t about an Easter bunny, all fluffy giving us candy jellybeans on Sunday morning. It’s a time to celebrate this miraculous gift which Christ has given to us. By his reserection, we now have the ability to be saved from death. Sure, we’ll die here, no way around it, but nothing! not even death ever will separate us from God’s mighty love!
So think about this a moment, my friend loved that dog so much, she gave it her everything! She stayed with him all night. She held him in her arms, and spoke/sang words of peace to him. “Be still.” If she has that much compassion for a little dog, think about with her only being human how much more, God being so much beyond humanity in spirit and truth, think about how much God loves that dog! Now, if he can love a dog, a sparrow, a butterfly, a fish, heck, a small little cockroach for goodness sake, a dung beetle! OK, now, I’m getting gross! Ewww! Disgusting! Right? Anyway, my point is, if he could love those creatures yet that he created so much more than my friend even loved that dog, if he loves us so much that he sent his son, his only son, to die for me, for you, isn’t that a friend that you want to know forever, and spend your whole life loving, and thanking?
Friends, don’t miss this beautiful opertunity. You have right now a chance to make the best and most important disision you’ll ever make. God didn’t say things would be happy happy joy joy after you do so… I’m just telling you that now. If anything, things will get harder. It’s scarey, I know! But, you now have something you didn’t before! You don’t then have to fight these battles yourself! You don’t have to even fight them at all! The victory already is won! Jesus Christ has concored death! He’s paid for everything you’ve done.
Please dear friend, will you today put your trust in him, and ask for his forgiveness?
If you are willing to do that, then I want to talk to you personally. You can reach out to me through the contact link on this website.
Are you ready to make that decision? If so, then will you read this prayer quietly aloud. You don’t have to shout it. You don’t have to even verbally speak if you get choked up. And you know what? Jesus whept! Do you not think Jesus cried when he was treated so horribly?
Let Jesus wipe those tears from your eyes. Precious child of god, come to him today. I pleed with you, and so does he! Softly and tinderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me, see on the portles he’s waiting and watching, watching for you and for me. Come home, come home! Ye who are weery, come home! Earnestly tenderly, Jesus is calling. Calling, “Poor sinner! Come home!”
Will you pray this prayer with me? Just repeat it out loud if you can. If you can’t, God knows your heart. Pray it then silently, but really try out loud, if you can. Again, don’t neglect to e-mail me if you do so. I mean it! I wanna hear about it that you made this decision!
God, I know I am a sinner.
Thank you Jesus for loving me.
Thank you for coming to this earth, dying in my place, and saving me from all my filthy sin.
Lord Jesus, I have messed up in the past so badly! Please have mercy on me.
Forgive me Lord. I am so sorry!
Thank you for dying on the cross to take my place.
Thank you for shedding your blood so that I may know you, and spend forever more with you in your kingdom.
Accept me today Lord, as your precious child.
I love you, Lord Jesus!
Please come into my heart right now. Save me, Lord.
You are my savior from this point forever more forward,
Now, and into the ages of ages,
Glory to the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
I pray this in your name…
My dear friend, if you prayed that prayer, and fully believe and meant what you just said, then you did it! You are now saved forever more, and I personally want to then welcome you to the family!
As I said, reach out to me, e-mail me! I want to hear about what you just did. Whether that’s on Facebook, Twitter, via e-mail, just somehow, contact me!
Glory be to god in the highest!