Desperate for Jesus
Am I willing to clamor my way up a tree for a glimpse of Jesus?
“He entered Jericho and was passing through. There was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he was not able because of the crowd, since he was a short man. So running ahead, he climbed up a sycamore tree to see Jesus, since he was about to pass that way.” Luke 19:1-4 (CSB)
I find myself in my favorite place, my desk, Bible spread open, my journal and pens soaking up His Word. Sharing this time with you, I am humbled and blessed to have you join me.
The delightful gift reaped from The Wilderness has been learning to lean into His quiet whispers, lingering with Him.
The story of Zacchaeus speaks to me on many levels. First off, Zacchaeus is short, “a wee little man,” the children’s song says. I am a full sixty inches, with hair product, (smile), I can relate to looking over heads, trying to get the attention of the person I am seeking. It is frustrating!
Our small friend was desperate to see Jesus. So desperate, he clamored up a tree, creating a scene.
“When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down because today it is necessary for me to stay at your house.’ So he quickly came down and welcomed him joyfully.” Luke 5&6 (CSB)
Or, are we simply too busy, distracted, or just not interested in going to Him first. Calling, “Jesus, over here!” I. Need. You.
We need him so, He is the Sustainer of all life, the Peace that passes all understanding, our Intercessor, standing before God pleading on our behalf.
Often it is easier to call a friend, seek social media, anything to avoid calling out to Jesus. To call out to Him is to face my inadequacies, admitting my weaknesses, giving up my need for control. Exposing my brokenness.
Grace is found in the inadequacies. Grace upon grace, unfolding grace. In my brokenness, His mercies are new every morning.
My desperation and need drive me toward Him, not away from Him. May you find the same.
Oh, Friend, may we call out to Him today. To be desperate for Him is to find Him.
Zacchaeus wanted more than to see Him. He realized there was more to be had. He realized salvation could be his. Zacchaeus wanted it all. Salvation can be yours as well.
“Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on the one she loves?” Hosea 8:5(CSB)
Friend, if you are desperate, hungering for Jesus, I pray you find Him. I pray that my hunger increases. I long for so much more of Him.
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I’m blessed to serve you in this place, to share with you the Gifts of Grace as I journey through the wilderness. I picture you across the table, hands wrapped tightly around your cup, sharing life, and laughter, and tears. As I share with you, my own daily struggles, I long to hear what yours may be. Sharing the realness of life. You can do that by commenting below or reaching out to me here.
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