“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
How has it come to pass that after twelve years of being legally blind—not driving, not recognizing faces , not reading effortlessly, and making mistakes constantly—how can I say that I feel actual contentment? Do I dare say joy?
The answer is simple and complex all at once.
Simply stated, I do not travel my blurry path alone. A power far greater than I lifts me over my daily struggles. He must. I am weak and prone to discouragement, but He, the Lord God of Israel, says, “I got this.” Yeah, that’s right. That’s how He rolls. The God I serve is so powerful that the tiny issue I wrestle with called “permanent central vision loss” seems hardly worth my anxiety when I commune with Him.
God even pushes me. He says, “If you just step out in faith, I’ll meet you there.” And herein lies the purpose of this blog. It represents a move of faith that in no way can be attributed to a human author. Whew! What a relief! But wait…there is a catch (you knew it, right?). God asks for my abidance; He wants me to stay with Him, to be steadfast as He is steadfast. To endure despite the valleys of life. He desires a daily walk.
Of course, I’m not talking here about regular church attendance. Church membership often bears little resemblance to true Christianity. Remember the Pharisees Jesus confronted? They didn’t fool God with their “religious” practices. Matthew 15:8-9 says, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.” So you see, with God, it’s always a matter of heart—a changed heart, to be exact.
This is where my answer becomes more complex. Jesus calls it being “born again,” being born from above, a spiritual re-birth (John 3:3). Many people balk at that term “born again.” I know I did! I resisted mightily, but I kept seeking God no matter how uncomfortable things got because the TRUTH exudes a powerful, irresistible pull.
My hope for you readers this coming year is that you will feel the pull of truth, and that is Jesus, who is the only way, the only truth, and the only life (John 14:6). We try lots of things to fill that void inside our troubled hearts, and the culture lies. But God offers us a way out.
So now—with 2014 dawning—let’s try on these pages (and in real life) to experience the contentment and joy that comes from an abiding walk with Him.