An Old Friend

6/8/14

This is a vision that the Lord showed me a few years ago and is the first that I can recall Him showing me. I wrote down several details about it and I feel led to share it with you.

The vision began in a dense forest with Jesus leading me down a dirt path by the hand. He told me, “I do not want you to run ahead of me in an attempt to reach my promises before the time has come for them to be fulfilled. Let me lead you along the path. Let me take your hand in mine. Let me show you the wonders around you.”

At this point we paused and He directed me to some flowers that were growing on the side of the road of all colors and varieties. We watched them dance in the breeze and smelled their sweet fragrance.

He then pointed up to the treeline and we watched as a beautiful robin flew among the branches, singing it’s heart song.

Jesus pointed to our feet after this and it was only then I noticed that we were barefoot. We took some time just to feel the rich earth beneath our feet. I remember it was very dark and soft.

After this, we walked for a bit until an open meadow appeared on the side of the path filled with all sorts of woodland creatures. Deer, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, etc. Jesus ran off into the field and played with the animals, inviting me to join him. I cannot fully express the peace and joy that radiated from him in that moment.

Eventually, we returned to the path and He spoke to me again, “Let us above all else talk to each other and grow so close that by the time we reach the end of the road we will be as old friends, and when you are too tired and old to continue I will carry you on my back and bring you home so you can rest. The journey is a beautiful adventure, my son. Don’t rush it.”

During this conversation, I felt myself aging rapidly until I was an old man with white hair. Just as He said that He would carry me to the end, He did just that. He lifted me up like a child and carried me on His back until we reached the end of the path which was engulfed in light so bright that I could see nothing beyond it. This was the end of the vision.

Now, let me explain the meaning of this vision as He revealed it to me years ago. At the time of this vision, I had just started hearing from the Lord and I was so excited that I would take whatever He told me and try to run ahead and fulfill the promise myself or apply whatever lesson He taught me without Him. Let me warn you, my friends, that is impossible. We can accomplish nothing in the flesh and I mean nothing. God will fulfill His promises and the Holy Spirit is our teacher and He is a constant companion.

That is the purpose of this vision. Despite being a bit of a goofball on the outside I am actually very serious, broody, and emotional on the inside. I am not the stop to sniff the flowers sort of person. As I said, I would either run ahead or get frustrated and stumble, sitting on the ground to brood and complain. The only way forward is to cling to Jesus and follow Him. A lesson I am still learning to today.

Needless to say, I was undone by this vision. Jesus has this incredible ability to completely break open our hardened hearts if we will let Him. The peace, joy, and love that radiated from Jesus are impossible for me to fully describe to you.

So, what can we learn from this vision?

First, there is no getting ahead of Jesus. The scriptures tell us to follow the Holy Spirit and we must do just that. The flesh can do nothing. That old man/woman died with Jesus on the cross. We must stay in the secret place with our Father all the time and let Him direct our steps in all things.

Second, if you stumble and fall He will not leave you. Every time I have gotten stuck He will turn and meet me where I am, waiting patiently with His hand extended. I cannot overstate how much He loves us and how merciful and graceful He is with us. Our sins have been paid for by His precious blood. Any condemnation or shame you feel when you make a mistake or sin is an accusation from the enemy and it is false! All you need to do is repent, which means to turn away from it, and turn back to Jesus. That’s it. Whenever I have tried to hide I can always feel Him calling to me very simply in the Spirit, “Come to me.”

Third, and this was a very important lesson for me at this time in my life, the only way forward is by following Him. And it is not all doom and gloom. Following Christ will earn us hatred from the world. We are mocked, persecuted, beaten, and all around hated by the world. However, there are moments of real joy and peace here and they are found in the heart of Jesus Christ. Take time to enjoy the good things the Lord has given you. Your family. Your brothers and sisters in Christ. You know what they are in your own life. Just keep your focus on Jesus.

So, walk with Jesus every day. Talk to Him. Listen to Him. Follow Him wherever He leads you and when you reach the end of the road you can boldly walk into heaven as an old friend of our Lord and Savior. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

God will fulfill His promises:

21 Tell me, you who want to live under the law, do you know what the law actually says? 22 The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave wife and one from his freeborn wife. 23 The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfillment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfillment of his promise. – Galatians 4:21-23

Walking in the Spirit:

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. – Galatians 5:16-17

God rescues us when we fall:

I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
    He freed me from all my fears.
Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
    no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
    he saved me from all my troubles.
For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
    he surrounds and defends all who fear him. – Psalm 34:4-7

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