Amid a night of so much tossing and turning I am surprised I was not seasick, I managed to sleep just long enough last evening for the Lord to put a new song in my heart with a most marvelous message. First, in my dream, He gave me a scripture about a new song. True to His Word, there are a number of scriptures in the Bible about a “new song”.
In the dream He gave me, I sang every word of an entire song I had never heard before with utter clarity. Oh, how I wish I had roused myself out of bed to write down the words. Alas, I did not. But I could not possibly forget the message of the song.
Just hours after my husband went to family court to divorce me, the Lord gave me a strong reminder. In the song I sang in my dream, I had chosen to follow Him entirely, completely, utterly, wherever He led me. And, I sang this to Him – reaffirming my commitment to Him that no matter what, I will follow.
I learned long ago that following Jesus comes with a high price. Yes, I have had to deny myself. Yes, I have lost friends, loved ones, possessions. I have faced ridicule, hurt, rejection, abandonment, and more. The world does not like people who follow Jesus, but I love Him too much not to follow Him.
Yesterday when my husband divorced me, I might have stood at a crossroads. I might have faced a decision about where to go next. I might have had to choose between following Christ or turning away for fear I would lose more.
But to me, there was no decision to make. Just as clearly as I sang the song in my dream, I have known a long while I have already made up my mind. Despite the price that comes with following Christ, the rewards are simply to priceless and too precious to choose not to follow Him.
The greatest reward of all, in following my Savior and my Lord, is that I get to walk, talk, and spend all my time on earth and eternity, too, with my forever and ever loving, merciful, Lord.
Mat 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”