I am writing this to you now so that you know I must leave you and why.
Our Lord is calling me home and I am ready. I was not always ready, there was a time when I had great hopes in this world and never thought I would want to leave.
This was a time when the sky looked so blue, the smell and taste of fresh bread filled you up, holding hands made you feel loved, and the air was filled with the sound of tender words and laughter.
It was a time when there were no limits to what one could do.
It was a time when I was blinded, by my own pride, to the sorrows of this world.
One morning I awoke and the sorrows started covering all the beauty and I could stand it no longer.
I could no longer enjoy the beauty of the sky, when there were so many that wanted to be blind.
I could no longer enjoy the taste of food, when there were so many that are too stubborn to eat.
I could no longer enjoy a special touch, when so many refuse to be touched.
I could no longer enjoy the sound of words, when there are so many that refuse to listen.
And so I have left this world. My body and mind will remain, but my heart needs to be where it can be healed.
I have journeyed to a world far, far away. It is here that I found Jesus. It is here where I am being made new.
In this new world, the blind are glad that they can see, the hungry will eat till they are full, a touch makes you well, and the Word gives you all the Love, Wisdom, Joy, Kindness, Hope, and Faith, that you will ever need.
There is much to be done and I was hoping to do it with you. But you will not give in. You refuse to let go completely, so that Christ can rule over me and so that He can rule over you.
The worldly needs of my flesh are vanishing. I am giving up the old and trading for the new in Christ Jesus.
I have a new Lord of my life, so what I need from you now, is to be my companion in my walk with God.
I need you to be a body where the Spirit of Christ will live. I need you to be His Hands that will pick me up when I fall. I need you to be His Shoulder to cry on, so that He can comfort me. I need you to be His Feet that will walk by my side as we go on many missions for Him. I need you to be His Voice and Words that will be like a Light in the darkness when I get discouraged or lose my way. I need you to be His Eyes that will look at me with compassion when I need His Love. I need you to help me bring His Love and His Word to those that are hungry for Him.
And I need to be all those things for you.
You hear Him calling to you, but will not listen to all that He says. You only hear what you want to hear.
But I must follow Him because without Him, I have died in sorrow and hopelessness. I want the Love and Wisdom and Life that only God can give me through His Son.
So I say farewell for now and pray that you will change your mind, make Christ your Lord and finally leave your love of this world behind.
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Wow... so many mixed feelings here. It definitely glorifies God so beautifully. But there seems to be an underlying bittersweet sense to the "good-bye" as well. It is painful, sometimes, to know that we might have to leave mother and father, sister and brother, even best friends and spouses to follow after Him. "Separate yourself" is a concept that we have to be very careful about when we interpret the Word. But when their walk interferes with ours, it doesn't leave us with a lot of choices. Very well written!