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Topic: Confident (07/05/07)
TITLE: KEEP MOVING
By Tesiri Moweta
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“Fine!” I replied.
We started walking together. He talked with me, told me things that I hadn’t heard before; He totally awed and amazed me. After a while, Jesus looked at me and said “now walk behind me, I’ll lead you to where you should be”.
“I will follow” was my reply. He walked ahead of me and I followed behind. Sometimes, when we could just go straight ahead, He would take a zigzag path. I wondered why but I still followed.
After a while, I saw a beautiful flower by the wayside and since I loved flowers and could not pass by a flower without picking and smelling, I wanted this one too. “Lord can I have this flower?” I asked.
“Where I am taking you to will have more flowers than your mind could ever phantom” the Lord replied.
“But Lord, I need this flower now!” And without waiting for a reply, I stepped out of our line to pick this beautiful flower. Jesus just looked at me without saying anything. I smelt the flower and instead of a sweet scent, it was awful.
“This is rubbish”, I said with clear irritation on my face, as soldier ants trooped out of the flower from areas I couldn’t decipher. I dropped the flower and realized that where I stood began shaking. It shook so bad that I began to slowly, steadily, but surely, sink. I couldn’t believe it was happening and Jesus was standing and looking at me going down.
“Lord, help me! I wailed.
He shook His head. “I can’t help you!”
“What…!” This was too bad to be true, isn’t Jesus the greatest Helper anymore?
“You heard me quite alright child! You stepped out of my path and now you’re sinking, all you have to do, is step right back in where you were before you stepped out. You must show you are confident in my word. If you don’t do that, I can’t really help you.” It was then I realized that even when I felt I knew Jesus, and He was with me, as long as I didn’t follow Him with confident assurance, I was on my own and that meant what I was going through right now; sinking.
It wasn’t easy but as I made an attempt to step out, He stretched out His hand and together, we got me out.
“Lord, I’m really sorry for disobeying, please forgive me” I begged.
“I forgave you even before you asked; are you ready to continue your walk with me?”
“Certainly Lord, I’m ready!”
We continued but this time when I saw a beautiful flower, I didn’t even bother thinking of stopping to have a look, not to talk of a smell and if I did, I remembered the words Jesus spoke to me and refused to be distracted. Finally, we got there. Honestly speaking, my sanest imagination could never handle where Jesus took me. It was the most beautiful place I ever went to, saw, or heard of in my entire life. And true to the Master’s words; what tickled my fancy the most was the amount and manner of flowers that I saw which Jesus said were actually mine. There was no awful smell and not even one single little ant.
I missed not being here before now and I wished I didn’t waste time on the roadside flower that only brought me down to sinking. The reality of the words of that beautiful hymn hit me hard, ‘trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey’.
“Thank you Lord!” I shouted at the top of my voice.
“You’re welcome, but this is nothing compared to heaven where you will finally end up.” No words came from me. As far as I was concerned, Jesus just blew my mind.
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