The Sacred Journey Home To God

The Journey Home Is A Very Narrow Road Few Desire To TaKe (Rom.5:1-21;Jere.6:16;Matt.7:13-14).

   

   


MY SACRED JOURNEY HOME


 

By Synthia Esther



When we cry  tears flow and our heart grows stronger or weaker depending upon the  justification we give our pain.  With our tears we baptize our choices.  We can take each experience offering forgiveness and grow like wild  flowers in an open field drenched in sunlight and bathed with rain from  heaven above, or we can wallow in the depths of bitterness, pain and  sorrow scorched by the sun, withering in the dust of our personal  deserts.  It is all a daily choice we must face and endure.  With  choices made we each begin a journey.



I reflected on my own journey and proverbial fork in  the road.  Control or sacrifice, the signs with pointed arrows boldly  declared.  The roadway leading to the "Land Of Control" looked clear,  bright and easy, as far as the eye could see.  The air was claim and the  blue sky clear.  


The road leading to the "Land Of Sacrifice" appeared  to be less trodden and was filled with valleys, rock and debris.  Weeds  and tall grass bordered its pathways.  The wind whistled and blew like  the desert wind with bits of sand that stung and blistered my face.  


The  proverbial question in my mind?  Do I take the path of least  resistance, or the road less traveled?  The less traveled road looked  hard and uncertain to the conscious eyes of approval. I was still learning to trust my faith in God and I  immediately took the roadway to the "Land Of Control" only to discover  it ended abruptly on a high mountainous cliff.  The dead-end forced me  to turn back remembering the steps I had taken.  Once again I came face  to face with the fork in the road.  This time I walked the uncertain,  less trodden path way to the "Land Of Sacrifice." 


My journey was rough  and turbulent.  I tripped over rocks, cut and bruised my body, fell into  deep valleys and pits while struggling along the rough terrain.  With  eyes closed I would say a prayer of faith and listen to my heart to  guide me.  My prayer's lifted my mask of fear and denial as I continued  onward with courage and strength. 


Often times my walk was slow and  progress minimal.  At times I grew faint and weary.  But my past  experiences had taught me to say a prayer to God in my wilderness when  tempted to curse my existence.  I developed courage through the pain of experience and  by faith I was impelled onward.  I looked back and a sense of  accomplishment filled my spirit as I saw the progress I had made.  I  began to notice the pathway was clearing and the roadway straight.  Even  the signs pointing the way to the "Land Of Sacrifice" had changed to  point the way to a place called the "Land Of Serenity."  


The rocks and  debris had been replaced with the fragrance and beauty of lush flowers  and blossoming trees.  The aroma sweet and fresh to the senses.  As I  breathed deeply to enjoy its splendor, I experienced a sense of peace  that was all encompassing.

Another sign read; "This Way To The Land Of  Serenity." 


 In the distance I saw a man walking towards me waving his  hand in a welcoming gesture.  We met and his smile broadened with eyes  turned upward as if his whole face was smiling.  His entire being  radiated a sense of assurance, strength and comfort.  He hugged me as if  he'd known me all my life. 


 "Welcome," his voice was strong and  powerful, yet serene and caring.  "I am so glad you are here, there are  many people waiting to see you.  How was your trip?"  



"Terrible, the roadway was rough, then all of sudden  when I thought I couldn't walk another step the terrain turned clear and  easy.  Do I know you?  How did you know I was going to be here?"  



He  replies with confident assurance, "We have a book that has every name  written in it, of every resident who lives here.  I'm sure you have a  lot of questions.  I will be glad to answer any of them for you."  



His  face shined with a reflection of love, care and concern.  His eyes  seemed to look right through me as if he knew how difficult my journey  had been.



Puzzled I asked, "How do you know me?  Have we met  before?"  Softly he answered, "Yes, we've met before.  Shall we go?"  He  points to walk onward.  



Once again he smiled.  This time his face  showed a sense of compassion.  His hand touched my shoulder and in an  instant I felt more love than I had ever been shown or experienced in my  entire life.  I sensed a connection from deep within my heart unlike  any other in my lifetime.  


As we walked together I started to speak and  ask him how he knew all about me, about my journey, my trials and  tribulations, but before I could utter a word I knew he "felt" my  questions.  His spirit bare witness with mine.  He spoke to my  spirit...


"I know about your difficult journey to the "Land Of Sacrifice"  because I planned your itinerary. 


 I knew you would take the road to  the "Land Of Control" first...most people do.



Once again he looked at me and at once I felt peaceful  and at ease.He spoke with compassion as he continued, "So I devised  and made the cliff that was your dead end.  I provided you such a  journey to make sure you would arrive here.  However, it was you who  determined if you would begin  the journey, how long the trip would take  and how rough your roadways would become. 


 I never took away your free  will nor your freedom to choose.  Everyone has their own journey.   Everyone has their own hardships leading to and through their path of  experiences."


He paused and allowed me to recount and reflect upon my journey in  life.  I remembered my experiences as cause and effect, for it was my  experiences in life that had brought me to and through the "Land Of  Sacrifice." 


 In reflection I realized the most important sacrifice I had  made was simply to surrender my fear.  I wondered if everyone on earth  had to go through these difficult cause and effect learning  experiences.  


He went on to explain, "For some their journey homeward  includes difficult battles, disease, giants, trials and tribulations of  major proportion, as well as unseen principalities and powers.  Their  dead end may have been an endless body of water to cross, or a fire so  intense the heat could be felt for miles. 


Everyone has warnings.  I left a plan of instructions,  the Bible, unfortunately many never look upon its pages.  I am glad you  did, for it drew you near me.  Everyone has signs that point them in  the right direction.  But many times people are too busy fighting their  inner demons, or their fear covers up the signs of direction and they  never see them.  


It is by faith that your path clears and the signs are  visible.  Your faith does the work towards the pathway to spiritual  transformation, renewal, trust and progress.  Without faith it is  impossible to arrive.  Faith is always a catalyst to change.  


Those who  choose the opposite faculties of control, doubt, negativity and fear in  life, do not heed the dead end or the many warnings.  It is then that  they end up for eternity in the "Land Of Endless Self Destruction." 


 As  we were still walking I pondered the idea of an eternity of endless self  destruction.  That sounded like "HELL" to me.  He immediately replied..."It is."


WELCOME TO THE LAND OF ETERNAL SERENITY  


It was at this time that I noticed a very large white sign with the words, "WELCOME TO THE LAND OF ETERNAL SERENITY,"   written in big red bold  letters. 


Underneath and in smaller print was  written, "All your taxes and penalties have been paid."  I turned and  looked into His eyes as a deep sense of gratitude over whelmed me.   Tears ran down my checks, my voice cracked with emotion as I tried to  speak, "I do know you.  No ones journey or cross to bear held such  unbearable weight, nor was as difficult as yours.  It was you who paid  the taxes and penalties of sin for all humanity. 

 

It is because of your loving sacrifice, that I am  here...in heaven, the land of eternal serenity."  Falling at his feet I  declared with thankful tears of joy, "You are the Messiah, Jesus Christ,  my blessed Holy Savior and friend.  By your loving kindness you saved  my life.  By your mercy and grace you planned my life's journey,  shinning light in the darkness.  How can I ever repay you?  How can I  ever show my humble gratitude and thanks?"   


With a  soft smile He whispered to my spirit, "My thanks has come by your  arrival."  


Now basking in the majestic glory of His loving presence, and  the bliss of peace and joy in the "Land Of Eternal Serenity,"  I was  thankful for my God ordained sacred journey home.  My divine citizenship in Heaven, with Christ Jesus, my Father, Savior, and Lord (Philippians 3:20).

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John 14:1-6,  "Do not let your hearts be troubled.   Trust in God, trust also in me.  (2)  In my Father's house are many  rooms, if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to  prepare a place for you.  (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I  will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I  am.  (4) You know the way to the place where I am going."  (5) Thomas  said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we  know the way?"  (6) Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the  life.  No one comes to the Father except through me."


John 3:16-21, "For God so Love the world that He gave  His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have  eternal life.  (17) Nor did God send His Son into the world to  condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.  (18) Whoever  believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands  condemned already because He has not believed in the name of God's one  and only Son.  (19) This is the verdict: Light has come into the world,  but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds where evil.   (20) Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the  light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  (21) But whoever lives  by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that  what He has done has been done through God. 


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Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord takes Faith.  Salvation Is An Act Of His Love & Grace (Eph. 2:8-9).

Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord takes Faith. Salvation Is An Act Of His Love & Grace (Eph. 2:8-9).