A Letter on my Doorstep

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A Letter from God on my Doorstep

I opened the door, and there on my doorstep was a personal, handwritten note from the Lord just for me!   I quickly opened the note and read the message inside.  As I read, it took my breathe away to see how personally and consistantly the Lord leans into our lives!  

The letter was actually from a friend living in Central Asia,  she was writing to thank me for an encouragement and prayer I had written her a few weeks ago. She and a fellow worker, had recently witnessed some extremely tragic events, and our community rallied together to pray for them.  In response to the news I prayerfully scribbled a quick note on a piece of construction paper  “Balm of Gilead” because i had just published a blog post about Jesus being the Balm of Gilead.

In the thank you note I found on my doorstep, my friend expressed how much she appreciated taking the time to write and pray for them in her time of grief. She saidshe was actaully moved her to tears.  

In her note she said that about a year ago, she and her co-worker had been in Scotland raising awareness about this Central Asian nation, and in that prayer meeting The Balm of Gilead was a prominent theme, and word of the Lord.

The Balm of Gliead

I really struggled with that post about Jesus being the Balm of Gilead, because it felt like a name of the Lord that I hadn’t fully encountered, and that I haven’t intimately known.

 Another part of my struggle was that I felt that it was a revelation relevant for another era, and not my own.

When I heard the news of what was happening that day, and how it had impacted my friends, I took the opportunity to reach out because I KNEW it was a word for them.

I share this story to introduce today’s name of the Lord, and to follow up on my last post #8 Name of The Lord  The Beginning.

#9 The Name of the Lord for TodayThe Beginning and the End.  

I have been chewing on this for a few days, and I haven’t been sure how to share this revelation today’s name of the lord. When i read the Letter on my front door I knew exactly what to say.  

I ended post #8 asking the question:

If you are anything like me, the exictmenthope and exlariation of new beginnings invebality hit the resisiatnce of self-doubt and fear.  I want to invite you to check out my next post, and discover how encountering Jesus as the Beginning and the End will give you as you press through that opposition and stay the course with confidence.

Today I draw strength from knowing Jesus as the Beginning and the End (Revelation 21:6) because my daily experience is that He is also the God of the middle.  

He is not just there at the Starting line cheering me on or waiting for me at the finish line.  He is with me in the race.  

As we look at the Psalms we the beautiful inheritance we have of this reality of meeting Jesus in the NOW.  As we see expressed in Ps 90:1-2

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

In my walk with the Lord, He has consistently spoken to me in personal and subtly ways through notes like I recently received on my doorstep.  

Granted this kind of experience could easily be perceived as subjective, but for me it is the goodness of God that is my dwelling place in all generations.  

Today I have confidence because I know He is in my beginnings and will be my God in the End, because He is with me now! He will always be my Dwelling Plave in every generation! 

# 8 Name of The Lord for Today: The Beginning

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” -Meister Eckhart

The Beginning:

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 

Colossians 1:18

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photo credit: zheem via photopin cc

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” -Meister Eckhart   I love that idea, The Magic of beginnings

As we imagine beginnings, all of us see ourselves on the strating line, full of promise and potential, energized by the great dreams within us, itching for the opportunity to get out and Begin.

The more I have swapped stories with others on the highway of life, I have been sobered by horrible beginnings!  I have listened to the pain so many broken lives, and seen much tragedy, etched deeply into the introduction of so many peoples beginnings.   I personally have known that ache and longing for a new beginning! Have you ever screamed that thought…If I could only Start Over? 

I love that Jesus is the beginning of our new beginning.   If we long for the significance our lives were wired to have, we need to look a little further back in our story, and discover the truth and potential found in the person of Jesus “The Beginning”  Knowing Jesus, as The Beginning, helps us not only know the width of God but allows us to truly experience His depths as well.  

As we look to Jesus, The Beginning, I want to dip into the well today’s name is drawn from.  In Colossians 1 we see an extraordinary description of Jesus as the one that is the 1st born of all creation, Paul even makes the audiaous claim that Jesus is the very image of the invisible God!  (Colossians 1:15)

Paul opens this letter to the Colossians praying that they be filled with the knowledge of God’s will, and have ALL spiritual wisdom and understanding.  Paul’s prayer is that they might know Jesus in such a profound way that they reengage life with a radically new mind and way of living. Paul’s life long pursuit is that others could encounter this new beginning, and completely reframe the trajectory of their life.  

When we are able recognize the reboot that is on offer, we will release our capacity to dial into the perspective of one who is our True Beginning. This discovery is what will propel us through the remaining years of our lives and set a course that is inline with Jesus truest intention.  

Being dialed into the Begining is essential to true longevity in living lives that truly matter. 

I know at the beginning of the course, we are filled with so much excitement for what might be in store for us in the days and years ahead!   I am also keenly aware of the anxiety that so often creeps into our thinking.  It hits us with questions like, Can I stay the course?  Do i have what it takes to stay on point?  Haven’t you already been down this road before?  

If you are anything like me, the exictmenthope and exlariation of new beginnings invebality hits the resisiatnce of self-doubt and fear.  I want to invite you to check out my next post, and discover how encountering Jesus as the Beginning and the End will give you as you press through that opposition and stay the course with confidence.