Yes, furthermore I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege- the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth and supreme advantage- of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, and of progressively becoming more deeply intimately acquainted with Him, of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly. Philippians 3:8a AMP
Whew, that is some verse, and this is only half of it. I am writing from the amplified today because I want you to see this verse in all of its glory. It is impossible to put into words with accuracy the greatness and privilege of knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior. Each day we get little glimpses of truth from His word and creation around us.
His majesty and honor surpass anything we can know here on earth, so I'm glad for the glimpses. I want to hold them in my hand like a ray of sunshine, but not let them go. I'm not made to hold them yet. One day I will be surrounded by His presence forever and then I won't have to seek after God, because I will be with Him forever.
I have peace here on earth, yes, this is His will for us as we wait. My peace comes from knowing He lives within me, by His Holy Spirit. The best thing in this relationship with God, is growing ever stronger as a vessel of His grace. I don't want to shine; I want Him to shine.
It can be a rocky road at times, as I still want to be in control. In the classic"Hind's Feet on High Places" the main character , Much Afraid finds it very difficult to navigate the rocky terrain. She slips and falls, but she is encouraged to get up again, and not give up.
I feel this story captures who I was as a young christian and so do many of you. We didn't know the shepherd well, but we wanted to believe he was good and kind as he seemed to be. As time moved on, we learned we could trust him, and we leaned on his arm, and the path became easier to walk on.
He never meant for us to walk alone. This is why those who isolate themselves are not happy. We are meant to fellowship, communicate, and rely on others, but especially on the Savior.
Other people can satisfy our needs to a certain extent, but no one can meet us and truly complete us as the Creator of all things can.
No one can understand you better than Jesus! No one knows all the details of you, like Him. He sees every valley and mountain of where life has taken you. He knows why you chose to go one way or another, and loves you regardless of your choice. Who could be greater than this?