I’m so thankful I can incorporate my one word, thankful, into my favorite Friday activity – Five Minute Friday, which I confess takes longer than five minutes for me to compose because I’m a
deep slow thinker, but only takes five minutes to read. That counts, right? This week, the word is follow.
The day I heard Jesus say follow me, my life changed instantly and dramatically. I went from being hopeless to hopeful, drunk to sober, unforgiving to forgiven, unwanted to wanted, lost to found.
That first year. I don’t remember all the days or details now, but I remember it was one of the best years of my life, full of learning, gratitude, love, awe.
But life doesn’t stop. Little by little, the world surrounds me and encroaches on my personal space, inching closer and closer, threatening to choke out the fire burning in my heart. Sometimes the world ambushes me, suffocating the fire down to just the glow of an ember. I cry out, Jesus! The world backs away. The fire catches new oxygen and burns bright again.
He never promised it would be easy, life. He did promise I wouldn’t be alone. So I will follow him. I will not turn back. Only he has the words of eternal life.