“You don’t have to choose between staying close to Me and staying on course. Since I am the Way, staying close to Me is staying on course.” – Jesus Calling
I loved this reminder today. We often make it more difficult than this, don’t we? I tend to feel overwhelmed when faced with too many choices. I’ve written before how I’m not a big fan of pages and pages of options when I go to a restaurant and open the menu. The more choices, the harder it is for me to settle on an option. That’s probably why this reminder today resonates so much with me. I like knowing that if I stay close to Jesus then staying on course is the guaranteed result. If I stay close to Jesus, I won’t be unsatisfied with my choice, I won’t be left wishing that I had made a different choice.
I am reminded again of a season in my life of starting over. At the time, I had no idea where the road in front of me was going to take me, the only thing I knew for certain was that I was done trying to navigate, on my own, the menu of choices life had to offer. I had gotten a ten-year taste of what venturing off on my own looked like. I had tried the pages and pages of options. And, instead of nourishing me or filling me up, the only guaranteed result it offered me was varying levels of emptiness. Nothing left me satisfied. Nothing filled me up. Nothing gave me peace.
My decade long detour taught me one important lesson and truth: I needed to grab back hold of His hand and never ever let go again. This single choice, this deliberate commitment, forever altered the course of my life. The life Jesus preaches about in the gospel became possible for me. Instead of less freedom, I experienced a freedom beyond my wildest dreams. The chains fell away! Peace and joy beyond life’s circumstances became a reality.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11: 28-30