Monday, December 22, 2008

For This I Have Jesus

Flag Iris in Bloom at Rue Point Near Ruins of Coastguard Station, Rathin Island, Northern Ireland by Gareth McCormack
Flag Iris in Bloom at Rue Point Near Ruins of Coastguard Station, Rathin Island, Northern Ireland

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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Anonymous said...

This was beautiful Mimi, so touching. Thank you.

Lille meg said...


Jodi said...

John 15 is one of my favorite passages, and your devotion so perfectly explains why. It is He in us that bears the fruit. Beautiful post!

As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.

Cathy said...

Just beautiful, Mimi ~ and that picture is so lovely.

Joyce's Ramblings said...

Right time and place for that post. Thank you!

Beverly said...

Wow. That was sooo wonderful to read. "For this I have Jesus." I think I'll remember that for a long time. Lovely.
Merry Christmas to you and your husband!

susansspace said...

I truly enjoyed reading this post!
Also loved the poem about the Christmas tree. Your thoughtfully chosen pictures are the finishing touch!

Beka said...

Merry Christmas, dear Mimi! I hope you have a lovely day.
Love and hugs,

Saija said...

blessings on ya!

Maxine said...

Amen. We need Him in all of these circumstances. Very touching post,Mimi.

Came over to wish you a Merry Christmas.

Jodi said...

Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad! (Just in case you're online at Pam's house!) :o)

Abounding Treasures said...

Absolutely beautiful ~ and so it the picture :o)