Weekly Devotion #13
Just Give Me Jesus
“ If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scriptures said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” – John 7:37-38
So much of life seems to be trying to distract me from the most important person in my life, this person is Jesus…… and yet my distracted life has me constantly running to Him as well.
In the beginning of my world closing down in March 2020, I would set off to go for a walk with my dog to take a break from the home I was locked down in with two other people, my husband of 30 years and 26 year old son who were both working from home. I would find myself just saying with a sigh “oh LORD” as I really didn’t know what to pray or say…. This was a “just give me Jesus” moment. On my walk I would eventually sit somewhere quiet and pray. Setting all my thoughts at His feet, this would relieve me and I would set off back home, back to my distractions but filled with a sense of peace and hope.
As I became more accustomed to my husband & son and they became more accustomed to me and life at home, sweet distractions and chaotic moments always krept up to give me more “just give me Jesus” moments.
Like our sewer pipes collapsing and forcing us to spend what it costs for a brand new car, this tore our house & yard apart and filled it with dirt everywhere along with strangers going in & out of our home for 8 weeks, and the worries of catching COVID. This was a long “just give me Jesus” moment when I had to pray a lot through the day. I honestly was given moments of peace & joy that only Jesus could give.
Relationally, things were revealed to me that caused me to really take a serious look at my marriage and all it stands for. Another “just give me Jesus” long moment of constant prayer and seeking God’s direction, wisdom & peace. Jesus has come through once again, filling me with wisdom, peace, hope & love over & over again as He was and still is in the process of restoring my marriage.
Recently, this March 2021, my husband’s mother passed away (not from COVID) causing more distractions along with the pain and loss that comes when you lose your mother. My family has had to see and feel the pain as we watched life slowly drifting away from her body. But praise God through Jesus, He has taken the sting of death away because we know she is out of this time zone and into eternity with her Lord and savior Jesus. Again, another “just give me Jesus” moment and many more. As I watch my husband process his pain and loss and the waves of grief come and go, I am praying for comfort and peace to come over him. I am witnessing Jesus fill my husband with peace as he keeps running to Jesus with all of his emotions and pain, I see our Lord restoring him with joy and hope.
As taken from Ann Graham Lotz:
Just give me Jesus, He supplies strength to the weary.
He increases power to the faint.
He offers escape to the tempted.
He sympathizes with the hurting.
He saves the hopeless.
He shields the the helpless.
He sustains the homeless.
He gives purpose to the aimless.
He gives reason to our meaninglessness.
He gives fulfillment to our emptiness.
He gives light in the darkness, comfort in the loneliness,
fruit to the barrenness, feature to the hopeless & life to the lifeless.
I can’t get Him out of my mind & I can’t get him out of my heart.
I can’t outlive Him & can’t live without Him.
The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him.
Satin tried to tempt Him but found he couldn’t trip Him.
Philate examined Him on trial but found no fault in Him.
The Romans crucified Him but couldn’t take His life.
Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him.
He has no predecessor & would have no successor.
He is the lion and the lamb.
He is God and He is man.
He is the seven way King.
He is the King of the Jews; that is a racial King.
He is the King of Israel; that is a national king.
He is the King of Righteousness; that is a moral king.
He is the King of the Ages; that is an eternal king.
He is the King of Heaven; that is a universal king.
He is the King of Glory; That is a celestial king.
He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords; That is the king above all kings.
“The spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” – Revelation 22:17
Thank you JESUS!