Winding roads, narrow roads, straight roads, broad roads, obstacles, clarity, fogged vision, or whatever life holds, I have a traveling companion. Christ reassures us "and lo (whatever that means), I am with you always even unto the end of the age." After reading parts of the life of Richard Wurmbrant, I felt like I was certainly less of a Christian. Having experience severe persecution and living to tell of it, this man has encouraged me in my walk with Christ. If the grace of God met him in what seemed to be his darkest hours, then I know of this journey called "life" Christ will hold my hand through the trails. Really, the worst is already over: Looking back the scary part was walking alone, but like Paul's travels Christ's glory was unconcealed, revealed and effective in bring me--a soiled sinner--to His most holy side. If the darkness of my sinfulness did not separate God from pursuing me to His death, then the darkness of life's tragedies will never cut off the love of God and His presence from my inmost being. "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities nor powers nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth nor any other creature will be able to separate US from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-9) Christian, are you weary? Brother, are you discouraged? Sister, are you exhausted? Friend, are you helpless? Beloved are you persecuted? Then cast your entire self--heart, mind, and soul--on the Savior and watch His unending and infinite love fill you where you need it the most. Praise be to God.
Also, I celebrate that fact that on this road God has called another to walk with me, beside me and hold my hand through the struggles of life. She is the most wonderful woman in all the world and God could not have "hand"-picked a better lady for me. (She got the better end of the deal...Jenn, I'm sorry if this grosses you out!). Michelle, I love you and as we walk together, let's love God with all we have and love each other like there's little time, and compassionately reach the world with the arms of Christ.