Whatever it takes!

A thought came to mind this morning. It’s not new but it is something I feel I need to remind myself. So I guess I’ll remind you all too.

Here it is:

You can’t take my journey and I can’t take yours.

My son is not an adult yet. But I am sure that, as a parent, I will need to remind myself of this many times the older he grows. You can warn your child of the pain of going down a certain road. But they might still choose to venture down that road.

My dad used to give me advice regarding drinking when I was a teenager and young adult. “If you don’t start, you’ll never have to stop.” I didn’t listen to him despite there being several generations of alcoholics in my family.

I look back now and think of the many poor choices I made in life (and I’m sure I am bound to make more) and the journey I took. My dad was SO RIGHT!! Why didn’t I listen to him?? I could have saved myself a lot of pain and torment and grief. But…

You can’t take my journey and I can’t take yours.

Sometimes we watch people we love make unwise choices. I find myself going into parent mode when this happens. I want to protect them. I want to shake some sense into them. I want to grab them by the shoulders and look them in the eyes and plead with them…What are thinking? That road most certainly will lead to pain. Don’t step foot on it! But regardless of all the pleading it may not alter their decision because…

You can’t take my journey and I can’t take yours.

For some reason, my journey had to include a lot of pain and bad choices…God allows free will which gave me the choice to pursue things that were not right for me. In hindsight, I now know why He allows it. Because when I finally realized that the road I was venturing down was a dead end, I came to a deeper understanding of just how desperately I needed a Savior. I had a deeper understanding of what grace really means. And you know what? I guess I wouldn’t trade THAT knowledge for anything.

Last night I was reading a portion of Luke Chapter 7. I read the story of Jesus being anointed by a sinful woman. Jesus was having dinner with the Pharisees. The woman showed up with a very expensive bottle of perfume and began washing His feet with her tears. Here is the account:

One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to have dinner with him, so Jesus went to his home and sat down to eat.When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!”

Then Jesus answered his thoughts. “Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have something to say to you.”

“Go ahead, Teacher,” Simon replied.

Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and pieces to the other fifty. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”

Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.”

“That’s right,” Jesus said. Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but from the time I first came in, she has not stopped kissing my feet. You neglected the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has anointed my feet with rare perfume.

“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”

My question is this, had this lady not taken the journey she had in life… had she not taken the path she took… would she still have reacted in the same way? The answer is no. Her mistakes and her sins brought her to a point in her life where she finally understood how desperately she needed a Savior. She had deep gratitude for the incredible gift Jesus was offering her. She gets it.

Dear Lord this is my prayer today…whatever it takes! Whatever it takes to get us to that point where we seek You out, fall to our knees and wash Your feet with our tears!

Extravagant love. Overflowing gratitude. Amazing Grace

2 thoughts on “Whatever it takes!

  1. Demetria Spencer

    Great post. My journey has by no means been easy. I'm glad God is with me holding my hand. Today and from now on, I don't have to be scared anymore or walk alone. He is gonna help me leave all those bad paths behind.

  2. Fields of gold

    So true Eileen! Great words of wisdom. Our shame becomes our stories; and definitely weave in grace, appreciation and gratitude for others and Christ. Love your post!


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