Lost. Broken. In the darkness. Without Hope. Without Life. Without direction. This was my life. We all like to act like our lives are wonderful, ordered, successful, but we are just lying– to ourselves and to others.
We run away from our sorrows only to find that they have followed us. We break the hearts of those we love when we run. We have affairs- with our jobs, our technology, we walk away from our marriages- our children. We are a terrible mess without a single chance for change.
And then, like the hero in a classic western story- Jesus comes into our hiding place. He has been pursuing us, following our trails as we run away. Never giving up on us, never turning away from the ugliness we carry in our hearts. We cower in the alleyways and the dark rooms, believing the lies we aren’t worth anything. Believing we are no better than the dirt under our feet, on our faces, and in our hearts.
But the mighty Hero of Heaven comes to seek us out. He finds us, He washes us clean, He helps us stand up straight. He clothes us in righteousness, we no longer wear filthy rags. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13).
The mighty Relentless Love of Heaven tenaciously pursued me. Relentless Love tenaciously pursues you. We are not without Hope. We are not without Love. We are not without a chance of New Life. Jesus is our Hope, our Love, our New Life. We just need to seek Him– He is already seeking us.
People are praying for you. I am praying for you. Just turn around. Jesus is there. Embrace Him as He embraces you.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:9-12).