I am not in a hurry.
I am just going to say I expect to have God’s peace when He is ready to make me glad. Like the champion poker player holding four aces says, I am all in. (I don’t gamble, by the way. If I’m a fool I’m a fool only for Christ.)
I have no fear of death and departure. I have affected my peace with the Almighty as He continues to develop it. None in Christ need be concerned with departing this world, for that is when our mortality is swallowed up by life.
[“For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”] 2 Corinthians 5:4-5
Upon being apprehended unto surrender, He made it clear He wanted to develop within me a closer relationship with Him. It meant other than a stroll under bright skies and sunshine, down a gently sloping meadow path summer’s walk. Mental, emotional, physical pain has been an instrument of precision in my Maker’s hand.
In God’s story, there is a place where He says, “there will always be wars and rumors of wars.” I soon came to the assumption He put that there, meaning it personally for me thousands of years before I came to this planet of warfare.
As I walked a little further down the road, I met a few other fellow followers who, when comparing notes with them, said they too had such workings with Him. I, therefore, concluded intimacy with God was a request common to all His followers.
But walking even further, I met many who were surprised at the thought of it even being possible to have close, intimate relations with God while still on earth.
Was I surprised they never considered it? I took this information and added it to my growing understanding of God’s ways as He continued leading me.
“Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt. 22:14). All are not selected to have the same relationship with the Lord. However, all are called to have a connection with Him. Therefore, many who think it is enough to believe there is a God and leave it at that are gravely mistaken. It is a matter of the heart.
At the center of care for the heart is the love of God. This must be the joyful aim of our life. That is why Jesus stated that the first commandment is to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). This is a command. It is something we are to do, and something we can do. We will learn how to do it if we intend to do it. God will help us, and we will find the way.
Whomsoever is willing can; this by way of calling to mind the true majesty of God by way of sincere deep and lengthy thoughts on the attributes of God. It grows. God feeds the hunger enough to grow increasingly hungry to know God.
If ever there were lesser things I thought more worthy than knowing God, well, they have been lost in my jet stream over the years.