Come and See!

“COME AND SEE!”
When do you use or hear this phrase?
Seems like usually it is said excitedly and followed up by, “Hurry!”
When someone is anxious for me to come and see something, s/he wants me to come see it NOW.

Often, it is something that doesn’t happen very often…like a beautiful multi-colored rainbow in the sky.  It may be a significant milestone…like when a baby starts to crawl or walk for the first time.  I still remember many special milestone events when my boys were growing up.  I always wanted to capture them on film so that I could share these significant events with my extended family and friends.  It might be something beautiful like an amazing fluorescent sunset or sun rays shining through the clouds.  A completed project, a home renovation or major school assignment is usually worthy of a “Come and see!”  If there is a news story or Facebook post that someone thinks I would be interested in seeing, I may be asked to “Come and see!

These days, we are inundated with all kinds of things to see on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.  The vast amount of things we have access to these days to “Come and see!”  could keep us on the internet or cell phones for hours and hours.

But, I think the things that are the most significant…the most meaningful…the most life-changing…are often the things that are shared with us by someone we know… someone we trust…someone we love.

We share the things that matter to us…with the people that matter to us.

In the book of John,  I find it intriguing that when two young men saw Jesus for the first time, they wanted to follow Him.  These two men were John and Andrew, both fishermen that fished often on the Sea of Galilee.  I’m sure they were very curious about who Jesus was, but they also must have felt safe enough to follow Him.

John 1:38-39 says:  “Turning around,  Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”  They said, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
“Come,” He replied, “and you will see.”  So they went and saw where He was staying, and spent that day with him.  It was about the tenth hour.”

After spending a day with Jesus, the Bible tells us in John 1:41, “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon Peter and tell him.

We share the things we care about…with the people we care about.

The next day there is another interaction with Jesus, this time with Philip.  And it says in John 1:45: “Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote– Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  

Nathanael doubted…but his friend, Philip told him to “Come and see!”

These meaningful interactions with Jesus made a huge impact on these young men and the first thing they wanted to do was to tell the ones close to them about what they had seen…Andrew told his brother, Simon Peter, and Philip told his good friend, Nathanael.

My Mom’s life was always overflowing with kindness and joy.  She served others with her whole heart and with great love.   In her 40s, her life became more and more about her faith in and love for Jesus…Her life became one of “Come and see!”  She was like a window we could look through to see Jesus.  She was always pointing me and so many others to Him, in how she lived and how she loved.

We share the things we love…with the people we love.

My hope and prayer is that my life, too, is one of “Come and see!”


Anchors…

“Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer.”

What?
How could this be?
Seriously?
Mom?

She ate healthy and took care of herself all her life.  She was the most positive, optimistic woman-of-faith I’ve ever known.  Stress didn’t seem to affect her.  She was always serving and loving others cheerfully.  She was one of the kindest, gentlest, most-loving people in the entire world.

“Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer”…NO!!!  Why?  Why her?  The diagnosis didn’t make sense;  it didn’t add up.  There was no explaining this one, no cause-and-effect scenario, no understanding this…But with cancer and many things in this life, there isn’t a way to explain it or have it make sense.

Our world very quickly turned upside-down.

What is our life anchored to when it turns upside-down?  What holds us and steadies us?  Who gets us through?  We were about to find out.

We have this HOPE as an anchor…” This verse kept going through my head day and night right after Mom’s diagnosis.  Over and over, God brought it to my mind.  I didn’t know exactly where it was in the Bible, but I knew that God had given it to me as something to hang on to during this time.  Hebrews 6:19. “We have this HOPE as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…”

What was God trying to tell me?   What HOPE?   The rest of the verse says that our “anchor for the soul is firm and secure and enters the inner sanctuary where Jesus has entered on our behalf.”  The NLV translation says it this way, “This HOPE is a safe anchor for our souls.  It will never move.  This hope goes into the Holiest place of all behind the curtain of heaven.”  Jesus has gone before us through His death on the cross for all our sins and He alone can connect us securely back to God for eternity.  We can be anchored to Him.

We have a little speed boat here in Atlanta and we get to take it out on the Lake several times throughout the summer. Sometimes we go to an area where there is a big rock to jump off  into the water. When we stop there, we often put our anchor out. Anchors hold us…although our boat may move around a bit, once the end of the rope is met, there is a firm hold.

So, when the verse says that “We have this HOPE as an anchor for the soul”…this is what I believe…God is the One who is FIRM.  His hold is FIRM. His love is FIRM…He is constant and with us today and every day and on into eternity.

In Christ,
we are held,
we can rest,
we are secure…

My Mom had this kind of HOPE.  It was secure.  She was held.  She is now in the presence of her Lord and Savior.  Her faith in Christ was an “anchor for her soul.”

No matter what our journeys may HOLD, in Christ, we are HELD…There is no storm, no struggle, no heartbreak, no diagnosis, no mess up…there is no–thing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ.  (Romans 8:38)  Jesus is the anchor for our souls and He will always hold.

One year ago…

Welcome to my brand new blog!  I am grateful to have you on this journey with me!  My hope is that you will find some hope and encouragement during your time here.

This blog is dedicated to my precious Mom.  One year ago today, she went home to be with her Lord and Savior. Although I miss her terribly, I know she is in heaven and living even more fully than she ever did here. This hope gives me great comfort, even in the midst of my sorrow.

Throughout our journey and my Mom’s courageous battle with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer, we started a Caring Bridge account because there were so many who wanted to join us on her journey.  Writing became a lifeline for me and for others…a beautiful way to join together as one to love and pray for her.    Writing became like therapy for me as we were going through such a difficult season.  God blessed and encouraged our whole family in a writing space where we shared our hurts, our hopes, God’s gifts and our prayers.

There have been several along this journey who have encouraged me to keep writing. My precious Mom was the first one in my life to encourage me as a writer. She often told me I had a gift for writing. I believe she also had this gift.   So, in memory of my precious Mom, I have decided to start a blog in her honor.

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I am just getting started so this is definitely a little out of my “comfort zone.”   My hope and prayer is that you will find a safe place here, a place where you will leave feeling loved and encouraged.  This life is not easy, but God is with us every step of the way and He is our greatest Comforter and Help, through any storm.

I will write more soon to explain the great meaning of ANCHORS to our family and how God strengthened and held us through this storm.

Until I post again,

“May the Lord bless you and keep you; may He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; May He turn His face toward you and give you peace.” ~Numbers 6:24-26