In the "Do you love God" post I talked about walking a crucified life with Christ and that I would share a story with you about that later. Later is now because I have been asked about it a couple of times.
If you can't tell by now, I am in the middle of a Beth Moore study. She has a way of taking those same Bible truths we have been told and not only bring them into a new light, but then give the commission to take that and run with it. A few weeks ago we were studying on God's rule and how our walk should be with Him. Beth wrote this imagery based on 1 Corinthians 2:9 and it gripped me. I had almost forgotten about it until the "crucified walk" talk. Now, as I read it again, I am so convicted...
Imagine going to heaven and standing by God as He lovingly shows you the calendar of His plan for your earthly life. It begins with the day you are born. Once you received Christ as Savior, every day that follows is outlined in red. You see footprints walking through each day of each week of your life. On many of the days, two sets of footprints appear. You inquire: "Father, are those my footprints on the calendar every day and is the second set of prints when you joined me?" He answers, "No, my precious Child. The consistent foot prints on your calendar are Mine. The second set of footprints are when you joined me."
"Where were you going, Father?"
"To the destiny I planned for you, hoping you'd follow."
"But, Father, where are my footprints all those times?"
He answers, "Sometimes you went back to look at old resentments and habits while I was still going forward, hoping you'd join Me. Sometimes, you departed from My path and chose your own calendar instead. Other times, your footprints can even be seen on another person's calendar because you though you liked their plan better. At other times, you simply stopped because you would not let go of something you could not take to the next day."
"But, Father, we ended up OK even if I didn't walk with You every day, didn't we?"
He holds you close and smiles, "Yes, Child, we ended up OK. But, you see, OK was never what I had in mind for you."
"Father, what are those golden treasure boxes on certain days?"
"Blessings, My child, I had for you along the way. Those that are open are those you received. Those still closed were days you did not walk with me."
Father, forgive me! How many unopened boxes do I have...