I love how our Lord is always there with us, even during a middle-of-the-night bathroom trip!
I woke up a bit sore and stiff. Maybe I AM getting a bit older, ha! Maybe I was lying in an odd position for too long. Maybe a change in the weather was on the horizon… who knows?! I got up and did the “my legs and hips hurt” shuffle all the way to the bathroom.
On my way back to the warmth and comfort of my bed, I asked Jesus how He didn’t get mad as He was carrying the tree He was about to be crucified on up the steep hill of Golgotha. After all He had recently endured, how did He not lash out and begin swinging His fists and screaming at those watching and those causing Him pain?
“My LORD. My Lord. When I asked how You didn’t get angry from the pain, how You didn’t lash out and get angry… You answer me with, ‘For the joy set before Him, endured the cross.’?! You were carrying the FULL weight of sin. You were carrying the full weight of our sicknesses and pains. You were separated from Father because of our stubbornness, rejection, and sin.
…for the joy set before YOU? Me… A relationship with me? The one who gets too busy… the one who mindlessly thinks she can handle things she can’t and forgets to include you? Lord… I love you. Thank You. Thank You more than I can say. I love You so much!
People! The joy set before Him… that is you and me! That joy is the relationship Jesus desires to have with YOU! Ponder on this… Jesus loved us so much and desired to do whatever it took so that He could spend eternity with you and me!! Please, MAKE time for Him everyday. Push everything else aside until you’ve had your time with Him!!!