I remember learning to drive. It was a big deal! I remember taking my driving test. It was a huge thing! I remember passing my driving test. It was a big moment in my life.
I remember learning about God Soft Hands Jesus. I remember the night I asked Him to join me in my living. I remember that huge decision clearly.
When I am driving I do not think about learning, the test, or passing. It was the start not the end. It was “passing through” not passing and stopping. It was an enabler. It was the start of learning how to drive. Me and the car. Me and the traffic. Me and my decisions.
And that’s how it has been since that night I said “Yes please, Father.”
“And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.’” Mark 16:15-18
I have cast out fears. I have cast out comfort zones. I have cast out boxes. I speak in love. I speak from the heart. I speak without knowing the language you speak. I hear words I never heard before. I hear pain I never heard before. I hear hopes I never knew before. I hear love everywhere.
I have picked up snakes in the words of others. I have drunk the poison in the bile of others. I have eaten with those who would take my Lord from me. Who would take my love from me. Yet am unscathed. More than unhurt I am refreshed. More than danger I find new strength.
I have laid His hands on me. And I am well.
I do not spend a lot of time talking about my driving test. What would be the point? But showing others how to drive … sharing with others what I now know … giving my excitement to those who are thinking of driving … allowing those who travel with me to feel safe … Yes … ! Yes I do that!
“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:5-6
I see a lot of people spend a lot of time looking at the cross. I hear a lot of people sitting at the cross looking up at Jesus. The cross where Jesus hung and died for us. A cross that is empty of Jesus. A cross that has been empty of Jesus for 2000+ years.
Jesus moved on after just one day. So after more than 2000 years …
Where do you look for Jesus?
(and how do others see God Soft Hands Jesus in you?)