Falling in Love with Jesus Changes Things

“By day the Lord directs His love, at night his song is with me- a prayer to the God of my life.” Psalm 42:8

The flight to London was filled with the normal movie watching, trying to catch some sleep, airplane food and managing my luggage. The Hispanic lady beside me was chatting to her children in Spanish and I couldn’t help but think of my dad. His love for the hispanic people and devotion to God’s calling in his life led him to learn a language at 53 years old. I wondered if one of these countries I’m heading to this year would produce such a yearning inside of me. Then her children turned around to talk to her and lo and behold they were speaking English and not only English but Kings English– it was so wild, I couldn’t help but start a conversation. How does a hispanic family have that kind of accent? She laughed and explained she was from Mexico but she fell in love with an Englishman so her family now lives in England. I quickly asked the local , where are all the stops I should go when I landed. I had a 8 hour layover and wondered what all I could do. She sweetly walked me through each spot, how to get on the tube, and even how much to expect everything to cost. I enjoyed sitting by her very much. The conversation turned to what I was headed to doing. As I explained the story, her eyes were alight and I knew I had met another Believer. She was so proud of me she said and then here it comes… “I’m so excited for you, I wish I could have done something like that. I wish I could now, I want to give more.”
This seems to be what I hear from many middle age Believers and to be honest, it saddens me. We all have seasons in life and as a mother of three, probably not a good idea to leave everything but then again, what would it hurt? As I quieted my soul, I asked the Holy spirit where He wanted this conversation to go… He lead it to the place where I told her, the more you fall in love with Jesus, the easier it is to follow Him anywhere. I know this sounds rote for the minister but seriously, this is the story unfolding in my life. Not to many years ago, I didn’t even know if I could trust Him, let alone love Him. Through His grace, other Believer’s love and ability to listen, a disciplined time in His Word- my love of Him grew into an unimaginable force. Loving the Lord always comes with a cost… mostly it’s time and a desire for more than this life has to over- but the reward far out weighs the cost. He walks with us, guiding us in the steps of this life in a way that I would say is never boring– if your life has hit a “boring” state, I dare you to tell Him this and wait in His Word.
If you wonder where to start, start with His “this life” story. Read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) asking the Lord to show you, who this Jesus is. Don’t just read the words but look for spotlights on who He really is. How can you fall in love with someone you barely know?

Back to my new hispanic friend, I sweetly told her much like I just told you- I took it a step farther and explained what the Word recently showed me of my Jesus. He sought out the broken, the rejected, the lied too and revealed Himself to them first. I love that about Jesus… He loves and on this earth loved people other’s looked past. I can follow someone like that. I marvel at His love for all but I love how He loves. “We love because He first loves us.” I John 4:19
We both had tears in our eyes and I think it was because when we looked deeper than just another Bible story, we can’t help but fall in love with the One who died for us.

Falling in love with Jesus changes things.

Shannon