Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
These last few months, life has been full of land mines. Unfortunately, I have stepped on a few and suffered the repercussions because of them. It has been a time where joy and sorrow coexist and in that my thoughts have often been muddled.
My mother was given an original pastel art work of the most beautiful depiction of the crucifixion that I have ever seen. I recently had it reframed and housed behind a protective glass. I picked the finished piece up from the framer on the first day of Lent; not intended….but so appropriate. Yesterday while a friend was visiting at my home, I pointed to the portrait of Christ and said, “I fell in love with Him when I was 16 years old.” And BOOM, just like that, I was flooded with the unquestioning fact that I am in love with Jesus and have been since I was a young teen. There was something so powerful in physically pointing to the One that I love and declaring who He is to me. It went from being words that I have said time and time again, to a reality that flooded my being. I am in love with Jesus the Christ.
Picking up the Bible this morning, I chose to begin reading the Book of Luke once again. I was struck by the words, “…so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” Certainty, confirmation, assurance, guarantee…… This Christian walk happens in a world full of land mines. It is ridiculously easy to allow our minds to become muddled, clouded, preoccupied, unproductive for His Kingdom. BUT our God is great and so awesome that He does NOT leave us out there to wander in circles, but provides ways that we, “…may know the certainty of the things we have been taught.” He provided that for me yesterday in that beautiful artwork. He drew me away from a field of land mines by reminding me of the account of my own walk with Christ. He filled my soul with the certainty that what I have based my faith upon is true and sure. He provided me the opportunity to declare out loud my love for Him and it immersed me in a flood of love and affirmation.
Pay attention to the confirmations that God is placing in your path. He desires for us certainty in this life we live for Him. If your mind is muddled, look up instead of within. Draw out of yourself and be open to seeing, hearing, smelling, touching the confirmations that the Lord is providing for you. The Lord does not leave us or forsake us…..of this I am certain.
Bless Your Heart,