Friday, August 26, 2011

I Want to Go With You

"As long as I'm alive in this body, there is good work for me to do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which I'd choose. Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better. But most days, because of what you are going through, I am sure that it's better for me to stick it out here. So I plan to be around awhile, companion to you as your growth and joy in this life of trusting God continues. You can start looking forward to a great reunion when I come visit you again. We'll be praising Christ, enjoying each other." (Philippians 1:24-26)

I was preparing to leave out of town on business when my granddaughter walked up to me and said,

"I want to go with you granddaddy."

I looked at her wondering why in the world would she want to go on a trip which I didn't look forward to. I thought, if she only knew how much I'd grown weary of leaving home each Sunday afternoon, sleeping in a hotel for the next five days lacked any measure of excitement.

"Why would you want to go with me baby girl?"

"So I can watch you."

I've been thinking about those words all week and how Paul wrote that he felt conflicted about staying on earth to encourage the saints, or to go and be with the Lord. (Philippians 1:24-26) In that moment, hearing my granddaughter's words, I too felt conflicted; stay or go. But she felt no conflict, she clearly knew what she wanted. She wanted to go with me.

Jesus told his disciples that He also was leaving to prepare a place for them. (John 14:2-3) Our hearts cry out to Jesus because of this promise not only to prepare a place for us but to come again. (John 14:28) As followers, we hope with anticipation for the return of our Lord. Our hearts long to be with Him, but we also know that we are here for the purpose of demonstrating Christ in our lives; the hope of our glory.

Sometimes we struggle, sometimes we're lost, sometimes we feel all alone, we get tired, weary, discouraged, and hurt. But the Lord has promised to never leave or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua 1:5, Hebrews 13:5) We can be assured that Christ never fails, His word is true. No matter what we face in this life, we are never alone.

Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for being present in our lives. You are The Promise Keeper and You are the perfect example of being true to my words. Teach me Lord by Your Holy Spirit to live my life in anticipation of Your return. I want to hear the words, "‘Well done, my good and faithful servant." I want my life to please you in all I think, say, and do. May the Holy Spirit guide me in all that I think, say, and do. I pray not only for myself, but for others as well; that they experience Your divine intervention and wonderful grace. You are our Advocate. Your blood is poured out as the ultimate sacrificial drink offering. An offering which pleases the Father. Thank You Lord Jesus for saving me from the bondage of my sins. Amen.

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Thanks for stopping by! said...

Well, I've said this before in response to your words...excellent. I so enjoy reading your prayers...I'm often short on words. Congrats on your new granddaughter. I hope she continues to gain weight and gets to be home soon! God Bless.

Rebecca said...

I made your prayer mine also. It sums up my heart's desires.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Pain to Purpose said...

I've got little eyes on me at my house too wanting to go everywhere I go. Nothing like those innocent eyes copying all your behaviors and words and expressions that makes you want to live a life worth imitating!

Pamela said...

Such an encouraging reminder that God goes with me wherever I go -- even if it's not somewhere I want to be. I'm sure it's not easy to be away for days on end. It's a lovely thought that the God with me can be where you are, too.


Judy said...


Very thoughtful piece. I definitely can relate to this passage. But as you say, Christ is faithful and He will never leave us nor forsake us. He's there for us whenever we need him.


Ella said...

MTJ- A beautiful post motivated by such pure words spoken by a child. Also what pops out to me is how much she loves her grandpa, that she wants to watch you. How awesome. Just like our heavenly father is watching over you. Rest your weary head on his shoulder. May the Lord provide you with the strength you need.

Charlotte said...

We can learn so much from children. Perhaps that's one reason Jesus said we must become as little children. Thank you for sharing.

Lloyd said...

Thank you MTJ for this message of love. I am praying your prayer with you my friend in Christ. God bless, Lloyd

Sharon said...

Such a sweet story. Yes, it is good to be like a little child, and to long for the company of our Father. And it is good to be content with His work as long as He leaves us on this earth.

Thank you Lord for being present in our lives. There truly is no greater treasure than that.