This meant something different to me than it did to my kids as tweens – they joked about memorizing it because it was the shortest verse in the Bible J
Y’all probably know that this happened just before Jesus called Lazarus out from the grave. Today, of course, a few years (ha ha) later, I have new perspective about the whole Lazarus story and how it relates to me. The idea of living a new life related to me back then too but I didn’t know it…
I just knew that Jesus wept.
That Jesus felt and cared and understood the way I felt too.
That was enough.
to know He understood and would walk me through it.
Below my childish printing you will see the cursive written a few years later – of
Colossians 1: 10-13 – to walk worthily of the Lord [a]unto all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing [b]in the knowledge of God; 11 [c]strengthened [d]with all power, according to the might of his glory, unto all [e]patience and longsuffering with joy;12 giving thanks unto the Father, who made [f]us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; 13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love
By this time I had met a young woman named Loreen. I felt verse 10 was illustrated in Loreen’s life – she walked worthy of the Lord. I sneaked out a couple of times with her to visit and encourage senior citizens, and heard her share scripture and pray with them.
I was forbidden from any more get-togethers with her, and these verses became a prayer for myself and for others who had experienced similar enslavement from powers of darkness.
Three things I note particularly:
- – Col. 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
These were prayers I could pray for myself and others
- 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
This was a challenge to pray for – the goals of
Patience and Longsuffering
The Lord knows I have been a thousand times better at pouting and crying than at being patient and longsuffering WITH JOY
Col. 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
- – God (though his gift of Jesus) has made me (past tense)
meet (fit and equipped) to be a partaker
Col. 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
- – Also past tense – HAS delivered us and HAS translated us
it’s awesome to think there is nothing I have to do – or can do – to finish the job. It’s already been done.
Like my artist friend Marie once explained, How can we think to add anything to a perfect work?
So bringing that past of what God did through the shed blood of Christ on the cross into the present
Jesus understands and has compassion toward my pain.
He gave all to equip and strengthen me so that I might grow in knowledge of him, walking worthy, and being fruitful.
Because of what God has already done and set in place, I have the opportunity to be enabled
to have patience
and to get through longsuffering trials
How about you? Have you found that JOY has come?