“Though None Go With Me, Still I Will Follow…”
The words are actually from an old hymn and they are such beautiful words that sum up what my life has become since accepting the call to serve our heavenly Father and Her son Christ Jesus.
A friend of mine and I were talking recently, and I had mentioned to her how Father has filled my life with so much more than I’d ever expected and fulfilled me in ways that before coming to know Her, would not have been possible.
I was a different person not long ago, who was searching because I felt less than whole. I couldn’t pinpoint why though, and I placed the blame on many things, people, even circumstances, but the truth of it was that what I was missing was Father in my life and Her Spirit deeply embedded within my heart.
Since that time, my heart has been made whole and even overflows. Coming to know and understand Father is no different than building any relationship, and as our relationship has grown and matured over time, I have continued to change and look upon not only the world in a different way, but life itself.
At the time when I accepted Father’s calling, I didn’t know where it would lead me but I have always held on tightly to the following words through whatever tests have come my way, “Show me your way, LORD, my heart is set on fulfilling Your work, wherever it may lead.”
What I didn’t realize back then, was that I made a commitment to Father when I accepted Her calling; one of obedience, faith, loyalty and love; and that She also made a commitment to me. Yes, to me.
The Protection of the Most High
The one who lives under the protection of the Most High
dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
3 He Himself will deliver you from the hunter's net,
from the destructive plague.
One thing I’ve learned is that Father is faithful to those who are faithful to Her. It is not a one-sided relationship at all. And the more time that passes, and the closer our relationship grows, the more I also come to more fully understand and experience the nature of our Creator.
Yes, there have been things, and even relationships with some people, that I have given up in exchange for continuing my service to Father and to Christ. But Father has given me, so much more that it doesn’t even seem fair to mention these things at all. Because you see, these things that I’ve given up are only temporary. But the things She has given me, are for forever.
So when people ask me, how having Father in my life has changed my me, I really don’t even know where to begin, because it’s like asking a flower how the rain made it grow. The flower wouldn’t be able to tell you exactly how the process happened, just that it did, and that the flower flourished and became more beautiful over time, reaching for the sun and soaking up all the nourishment that was so lovingly provided.
And that is why…
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back…