Saturday, December 22, 2007

For This I Have Jesus

Roseate Spoonbill by John James Audubon
Roseate Spoonbill


Many years ago in a small church in Ireland a message was given in which the minister said that Jesus' words
"Abide in me, and I in you,"

mean to simply say in every circumstance,

"For this I Have Jesus,"
and Jesus will say, "For This You Have Me."


While he was speaking, a telegram was delivered to the young pianist. It read:
"Mother very ill, take first train home."

At the conclusion of the message she shared the telegram , and she added:

"I have never traveled alone, but, 'For This I Have Jesus.'
I must take a midnight train, but, 'For This I Have Jesus.'
I must cross the channel and make connections on the other side, but, 'For This I Have Jesus.' Then I take a long train trip to the south of England, but 'For This,' and all the suspense along the way, "I Have Jesus'."

As she spoke these words, one could see the Light of Heaven upon her face.

Several weeks later a letter came from her which was a song of praise. She wrote, "As I traveled that long sorrowful journey, I continued to say, 'For This I Have Jesus,' and He answered, 'For This You Have Me.'

"As I reached home my sister fell sobbing on my shoulder saying, 'Oh, if you had come ten minutes sooner you would have seen Mother who so longed to see you.' Instantly I looked up and said, 'For This I Have Jesus,' and He came between me and my sorrow, and vain regrets had no power over me.

We had never had a death or funeral in our family, and they all depended on me for every decision. Acknowledging my ignorance I said softly, 'For This I Have Jesus', and He gave me His wisdom for every detail. There was also His perfect peace for all legal matters that needed attention.

"Now life has become joyous and victorious as in every circumstance I continue to say, 'For This I have Jesus'."

What is the circumstance in your life today that is beyond your control?
  • Is it sorrow, sickness, suffering, fear, unsaved relatives, disappointment, discouragement, guidance, finances, misunderstand, or another trial?
  • You, also, can look into His face and say, "For This I Have Jesus," and He will say, "For This You Have Me."

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? (Luke 12:27, 28)

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15 comments:

Pam said...

Mom:
This is a beautiful message. Just thought I'd comment so you'd know I'm reading!! he he Love ya, Pam

Sharon said...

What a beautiful message! I thank God everyday that we do have Jesus!

I just met your daughter, Pam. She stopped by my blog and left a comment. She sounds very sweet! Thanks for telling her about my blog!

Have a merry Christmas!

Sharon

Mimi said...

Pam,
thanks for stopping by ... I feel closer to you knowing that you are reading my blog...
Love ya,
Mom
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Sharon,
I'm glad you met my daughter Pam... she is a very sweet girl... she doesn't have a blog yet... but she is loyal to read our blogs... and some day she will set herself up one...
Merry Christmas!
Love,
Mimi

Mary Isabella said...

On this day I feel you were writing this to just me. Thank you. Merry Christmas

Cathy said...

What a wonderful message, Mimi, and one for us to remember! Thank you for the inspiration. :)

Jen said...

What a wonderful message. Perfectly said. I wish you and your family a glorious Christmas.....

Saija said...

that is wonderfully uplifting!

For THIS i have Jesus! amen!

and i wish you and the fam a joyful, peaceful Christmas!

nannykim said...

Good message

Sis. Julie said...

Amen!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Adrienne said...

Mimi -

Thank you for this post. I am printing it to share with several people who need it specially right now. It is so appropriate to the losses our family has experienced through the last weeks. I often said I didn't know what we would do if we didn't have Jesus to walk through the dark valleys with us.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments. We are so blessed and have so much to thank God for as we celebrate His coming to earth - Emmanuel, God With Us!

I'm so glad you have become one of my blog friends. Have a wonderful Christmas as you celebrate the birthday of the King!

~Adrienne~

Lovella said...

Merry Christmas Mimi . .have a wonderful day tomorrow!!

Joyce's Ramblings said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!

Hailey's Beats and Bits said...

hi mimi. May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and Christ-filled year ahead!

Adrienne said...

Mimi - Today I sent this message to my dear cousin and her husband who are walking through very deep waters. I know they will be blessed as I was. Thank you for sharing it with us. ~Adrienne~

Bob said...

I agree and believe!