December 21, 2017
The Journey Continues
It wasn’t too long ago from today that my journey on this road started. I heard a trumpet blow and sat straight up from where I was laying. It was so dark where I was that I could barely see my hand in front of my face. Then I saw a torch in the distance. It started to come closer. At least it seemed that way but the light just got bright enough so I could see my surroundings. I looked around and saw others sitting up same as me. I was in a field and there were so many bodies just limp. You couldn’t tell if one was dead or asleep. As I looked down I noticed I was wearing an army uniform. The uniform was so dirty that I figured I was in a battle but whose army I was fighting in I couldn’t tell you.
I stood up and tried to follow the light but as I walked it didn’t seem I was getting any closer to the light. I was lost and confused. At that point I yelled, “Help me, please.” Suddenly, the light was so blinding I had to shield my eyes. A form of a man appeared directly in front of me. All He said was, “Your cries have been heard by the One who knows the hearts of men. Seek His kingdom and you will have riches beyond this world.” Then He led me to a road and the name of the road was Redemption. After that He said, “Stay on this road. Look neither right nor left but straight ahead. That is where your help comes from.” After speaking that He was gone but the light was still with me. Now, I had no idea what all this meant but I started walking on that road called Redemption.
The above is a passage from a story I have been writing for a few years now. It seems fitting to share this now as I am continuing on my journey with the Lord. There are many times in our walk when we have to go back to the beginning just to realize how far we have come. Though we will make mistakes along the way, the growth is shown in how long we linger on those mistakes or if we give more of ourselves to the Lord after we’ve made a mistake. I admonish each and every one of you to not just make promises in this season but seek out God’s promises for your life as well as to thank Him for how far He has brought you and your loved ones. We don’t need a holiday to think on the goodness of the Lord but I believe it is through the holidays that people are more receptive. Remember, His love is never ending and unfailing. He is Mercy, Forgiveness, Love, Life, and Light.
Alicia R. Shipe
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