I’m sitting in Thumeries, looking at the beautiful snow outside, listening to Jon Thurlow, and thinking about the 23 years of life I’ve spent with my Lord Jesus so far. Seems like such a short time when I think about eternity with my King! Yet, every second of these 23 years have been packed full of God’s love and blessings, and every time I look back at the road already travelled, my eyes are opened to recognise even more of His generous grace, His lavish love. Then, I look at the season ahead and I’m excited! I’m excited to see more of this beautiful Saviour, this God who loved man so much that He would humble Himself and come in the form of a man to save those who despised Him. I’m thirsty to gaze into the eyes of my Creator and see His thoughts, His heart, to experience part of what He feels. The Lord is my fountain of joy because He loves me with all the fullness of who He is, and there is no greater love than this [Romans 5:6-8, John 15:13].
I cannot adequately put into words the beauty that I have seen, the love I have experienced, the journey with Christ that I have travelled. And, whenever I speak of the testimonies the Lord has given me, it moves my heart because I remember who He is yesterday, today and forever. I remember the cross, I remember His blood, and I remember His crown. When I see my Lord Jesus, when I know His love, I cannot help but be filled with joy. When I see Jesus, my perspective changes, my heart changes and all I can do is love, because He is love! There is no sin, no condemnation, so stronghold that stand in the presence of Christ [Romans 8:1-3].
I have learnt so much, but I never stop learning. The revelation of the face of Christ, the revelation of His eyes never ceases to astonish me. Every time I see His eyes – eyes of devotion, of love, of grace, of mercy – it overwhelms me! I feel like I’m starting all over again because of the ever increasing revelation of Christ! Oh that I would have even greater and greater capacity, through the Holy Spirit, to know the width, length, height and depth of the Love of Christ! [Ephesians 3:16-19] This is what it is like to be lovesick for my Bridegroom, to be captivated by the One who first loved me.
Once again, my purpose, my heart’s desire – [Psalm 27:4]
“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”