Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Was Your Experience Real?

Walking outside to go to lunch yesterday, I was snapped back to reality. The reality of Texas heat and humidity. The reality of everyday life. And for a moment I thought, "Was my cruise real? Did it really happen?" In that instant it all seemed like a dream. Seemed like something that was gone in a vapor. I think I could remember the emotion but the experience just didn't seem real to me.

Yet I knew.

I knew that I had indeed been on a wonderful trip on a fabulous ship to beautiful ports in Mexico. Slowly it all came back to me as, as also being part of 'reality'. The emotion of the experience was not currently present but the experience was real nonetheless.

How many people think that way about their salvation experience? "In the moment" they are excited and thrilled that they have started on their new walk. They want to tell everyone what happened to them. Then.

Then they get back into the daily grind and the emotion slips away so they wonder if the experience was real. They wonder if it was all just a dream. They wonder if their memories of salvation will be gone in a vapor.

Our Loving Lord is real. When He brings us into His family, we are there to stay. On our worst days, in the hot heat of the pressure of the world, He has still saved us. He still holds us in the palm of His hand.

Have you 'lost that loving feeling'? Are you thinking that your experience must not have been real because your emotion no longer supports it? Will you open His Word and call out to Him in prayer and thank Him that even though you don't 'feel' it right now, you know that He is still real and still living in your heart? Will you claim His promise that He will never leave you nor forsake you?

John 1:11-13 (Amplified Bible)
11 He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own--His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him.
12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name--

13 Who owe their birth neither to
bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!]

1 comment:

Connie Barris said...

Beautifully said....

ever thought about doing a devo book... you have great stuff Ms Sharon... great

love ya