How Far Did Jesus Go?

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In the 1980’s a band known as The Proclaimers had a hit called 500 Miles. They sang “Well I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more, just to be a man who’d walked a thousand miles to fall down at your door…da da da…” It was a type of love song telling of a man’s devotion to a woman.

Well, Derek and I just drove 5003 k’s to get to our current destination in Perth, WA (Western Australia) and set up camp amongst the body of saints here. We’ve come a long way to be with this part of the Lord’s Bride, that’s for sure. But how far did Jesus go for His Bride (you and me)? 500 miles? 5000 k’s? What about ‘into time’ and into ‘another realm’? Now that’s a love song of devotion to a woman that’s worth ‘proclaiming’!

Thinking back to the band called The Proclaimers, like anyone who’s fallen in love with Jesus Christ and His gospel, Derek and I want to be proclaimers of another kind. We want to proclaim this glorious Lord to His church and to those who do not know Him. That’s why I write this blog as I am learning Christ more. That’s why we have come to Perth, to learn Christ more. How little I have known Him and how much there is of Him to explore – so much that it will take all of eternity!

Driving across Australia we realised the vastness of the land in which we live. At one point across the Nullarbor (land of no trees) there is a stretch of about 146.6 kilometres of dead straight road with nothing either side as far as the eye can see. It is flat, flat, flat. For us, this entire journey has been a reflection of the vastness of Christ Himself. We see Christ as our Land, our True Land, our Promised land, our Canaan Land and of course this is exactly who He is for all who will take up their cross and follow Him. img_1625

The land here has often looked very barren, dry and sparse. There’s a water shortage across much of the land. There were many wild goats in the early parts of the outback in NSW and we came across one standing by a water tank just waiting for some human to come along and run the tap for a drink. Derek was able to do this and the little guy got a good drink before heading back into the bush. It was a great picture of desperation for drink.img_1642

But we have learned to drink from Him, the Well of Living Water, and never thirst again. Our spiritual trek across Australia has made drawing from Him as our Well an even greater reality in ways that I hope to share with you.

There’s so much to write about on this blog concerning even just the last few weeks leading up to and during our travels across, of how the Lord has miraculously and effortlessly made the way for us to arrive here. I am looking forward to meditating on these things and sharing them with you very soon because there’s always so much of the Lord to be proclaimed.

However,  for now this is just a little note to touch base from our new dwelling here in Perth and proclaim the Lord’s greatness by reminding you of His love and devotion to you, members of His most favoured and beautiful woman – His betrothed and glorious Bride, the Church.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honour, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone…(Hebrews 2:9)

He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.(Eph 5:27)

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The Land Where I Live

IMG_4809 - CopyHi there! It’s been a while since I have posted and not for lack of trying! Sometimes technicalities get in the way (like a storm that leaves you without power and internet for a very long time!) and sometimes seasons are just ‘a changin’!

I would really like to share today, on my current circumstances and how beautifully the Lord has shown Himself through them. I hope you are encouraged as a result, in your circumstances, being assured that the Lord is always at work, even when we can’t see it and we don’t like what we do see!

2 years ago last week, my husband Derek and I, together with my mum, moved to this rental property we are still in. It is lovely house, suited for separate living for mum and is situated on a fenced off portion of some 80 acres or so.

Still small voice of God

Still small voice of God

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The property is owned by an elderly      gentleman and his son and we were  given only a 6 month lease and told the  property was in for development, to  build 650 houses.  We needed a place to  live fairly quickly (that’s another story  and testimony in itself) and so we took  the lease with this understanding, for  the interim, until we found somewhere  else…..that’s right….2 years ago.

Over the past 2 years, we have seen a road put in up on the beautiful hill that was  once home to a troop of more than 50 kangaroos (now there’s lucky to be 15), a water works building erected with its flood lights now shining throughout the night and dulling what was once a vast black and star lit sky, the resident cattle with all their babies be removed, power poles installed, paddock fences pulled down, roadworks on the street at our driveway that still continue after 8 months, a slow and steady stream of workmen, real estate agents and surveyors coming and going daily, and one neighbour move out.

For people like us who love privacy, nature, peace and serenity, you can imagine the angst. Feeling somewhat pressured? You bet. Have I been feeling panicked that we need to move? You bet I have.

Just over a month ago, over Easter, the Lord spoke to me saying “start packing”, which I did.

Following this, we had a Category 2 cyclone come through (first one since 1974) and we were without power for 6 days and internet for 3 weeks. Torrential rain caused flooding in mum’s section of the house and has forced mum into the middle lounge-room of the house and although we all still have some privacy from one another, she is unable to live in her separate quarters as before.

Hmmmm. Comforts getting a little rattled, are they? You bet they are.

Last week the landlord’s son spoke to mum and assured her that we do not have to leave just yet, that he will give us 3 months’ notice to vacate, whenever they do give us notice. He assured mum that we were not to panic about getting somewhere to move to and that we had plenty of time.

Well, the other morning I went for a walk up the big hill with the two dogs. My head was down most of the way, watching my step which was a lot steadier now that the landlord had smoothed the track (that’s a positive!).  On my way back down the hill and just as I crossed the bridge over the creek (crossing of a bridge significant in itself) I felt the Lord’s word rise in me saying “Take this land for all its worth before I move you on”. It was as though everything around me went into slow motion and became dead still, as though the Lord and I were the only ones walking along the path together.IMG_4819

This meant a number of things to me. Firstly, get out and enjoy the surroundings, i.e. go walking and enjoy the acres, the nature, the 15 kangaroos, big open day time skies. Don’t sit inside and grumble and complain but lift up my head and see what I still have, enjoy my ‘now’, today, as given to me from the Lord. How many people would give anything to live where I live today?

It also meant not to waste time being distracted with many other things but to continue in seeking the Lord in the season that I am still, by His grace, in. That is, that while I am still at home as a carer for my mother, and not having to go to work like so many, to seize the time! Seize the day! Embrace this land! Walk with the Lord on the hill, look and listen for Him in the nature & the wide open spaces. Keep a listening heart.

Now, is all this sounding familiar to you?

Then the Lord in His gentle ways, began to unfold for me, through all of this that I’ve just conveyed to you, a picture of His Kingdom and His Eternal Purpose and what He is doing in my life as one of His own.

  • The land belongs to a father and son – The Kingdom belongs to the Father and His Son
  • This was their family home but is intended to house many – The community of the Godhead has been expanded to house many – all who believe unto Christ and this is His Eternal Purpose -Jesus said “In my Father’s house are many rooms… I go there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2)
  • Those who will come into the land will pay a price to buy their lot but will get to share in the son’s inheritance – Entering into the Kingdom of God will cost us our lives but we become joint heirs with the Son (Ephesians 3:6)
  • The process of preparation for development is slow but ordered – God builds His Church in His time and His way, all purposed in His Son. It can take a long time to prepare the ground for the building, and then for the harvest.
  • I & my family knew when we moved here that it was temporary but we got comfortable and forgot the purpose of this land – God’s purpose is eternal and we’re not called to set up camp and make ourselves comfortable on the way to pursuing His purpose, God’s eternal purpose is to be our only vision. He is always moving us on in Him in order to fulfill His purpose in us.
  • The landlord’s son has told us we are not to panic about moving, even though it is inevitable and we see all the signs around us, that they will give us plenty of notice – God reveals to us His plans by His Spirit, His Spirit who Jesus said will lead us into all truth, taking from what is Christ’s and disclosing it to us (John 16:13). And  Jesus tells us not to worry, not to be anxious for anything (Matthew 6:34, Phillipians 4:6).

The correlations are amazing, don’t you think?

What I have so graciously been shown by the Lord, is that He is ever the same. He never changes. Though seasons change, He does not. His purpose remains. He has a plan and doesn’t move from the plan. He has an order, a process. He is gracious and gently pulls us back into line when we wander off in our anxieties and our own understanding. He is our Shepherd. His rod and His staff bring comfort. He is the God of now and the God of what’s ahead. He surpasses time. He loves to walk with us and talk with us. He only speaks when He has something to say. He speaks to us in anything and everything. He is trustworthy.

Christ Himself is our Promised Land and in His hands are the hands of time. So let us rest in Him today.

Double blessing

Double blessing