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Across the Seven Seas
by Maria Franco
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“ I remember how I went up to your glorious dwelling-place and into the house of God: the memory melts my soul.” Psalm 22

I came across a very irresistible yet equating statement which read; “Let’s flip a coin. Heads you are mine, Tails, I am yours.” This is a very concise and explicit description of belonging in love considering that either way is a submission, The Creator is ours and we are His. There are no two ways about it but the same culmination, when dreams meet and the awareness is the same.

A pastor once humorously narrated on how in the present times, parents ought to be more supportive of their children’s feelings and went on to remark about an incident where a teenage girl after having attended a party told her mother the next day on how she had met a boy there and on seeing him, her heart had skipped a few beats. The mother instead of having an open heart conversation with her scolded the daughter for the same. The pastor then went on to say that perhaps in her teenage days, the mother’s heart may have not skipped a few beats on seeing some special man but may have stopped beating completely! Yet, she did not identify with her daughter’s feelings.

However, we do not have any such fear of being pulled up because the Lord identifies with every feeling that we go through, at times when our heart skips a beat, whether we are on a high or on a low. Sometimes, when we do things on impulse it works out better than when we sit and think and decide on our train of thoughts. There are days when we are riding on a high wave and the future looks so glorious and rosy, we are hopeful of a positive outcome but on other days we suffer a set back and get discouraged again. It is probably at these times that we need the prayers of others to offer it to the Lord on our behalf to strengthen our courage. Sometimes, it warms our hearts more when others reach out to us before we can do so.

What was it that drew the crowds towards Jesus in thousands? His very presence seemed to have a mesmerizing and pulling effect on the people. Their hearts were always ticking in potent fascination to see Him perform a miracle, cure the sick and even raise the dead. It was this charisma of the Lord that made the people follow Him wherever He went, sometimes for days on end. They were truly charged with the spirit of God. This reaction is in keeping with a very popular hymn: “When I look into your holiness, when I gaze into your loveliness, when all things that surround become shadows in the light of you. I worship You. The reason I live is to worship You.” The people had already begun to worship the Lord in His physical presence of flesh and blood, though they were not yet aware of this realization.

Even at Calvary, the crowds moved along with Him, when he was bruised and bleeding, some stood shaking their head at him, others weeping at the sight of Him on the Cross. The authorities too had felt threatened by His popularity and hence had handed Him over to the Romans to be crucified. The Lord had two options, as a new definition of Fear has emerged in recent times that is to Forget everything and run or Face everything and rise. Jesus chose the latter. He faced the Cross bravely and rose to the highest heavens drawing us along with Him.

We have to remember that the presence of the Lord is enough to move mountains or solve any issues as we chant in the all too familiar and consoling hymn; “There is no problem too big, God cannot solve it, there is no mountain too tall, he cannot move it, there is no storm too dark, God cannot calm it and there is no sorrow too deep, he cannot soothe it. If he carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders, then, He will definitely carry us.”

Most of all His presence in this world was enough to win for us the everlasting prize of salvation which we shall inherit when we have finished running this race as St. Paul so beautifully has promised in the letter to the Philippians 3: 13-14 to strain toward what lies ahead and press towards the goal to win the prize which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus. We still have a long way to go but our journey is in process.

As we are in the latter part of the Lenten season, let us know the Lord more deeply so that He can come sooner to us and we can love Him longer. When Jesus was at the substantial part of his ministry, the crowds wanted to be like Him and perform the same mighty deeds as Him but when He looked defeated on the Cross, they did not want to be in His shoes although He had taken our place on the cross.

Sometimes, people travel across the seven seas just to be with the ones they love, they are drawn towards the other in the pull of the heart. Today we can also surely tell the Lord that we will travel with Him and not desert Him like His disciples did in the Garden of Gethsemane, we will stand by Him and follow Him right up to the foot of the Cross, across the seven seas of love, joy, hope, faith, peace, oneness and fulfillment.

When we are yielded to His spirit, attuned to His will, we will truly understand in our hearts that we are set apart for Him, for Our Master as we await the open tomb at Easter for a powerful anointing of the spirit to remain long after, tingling in our hearts.

Maria Franco.

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