Dear Pastor, Missionaries, Chaplains and Friends,
Steve here… One of my favorite verses in Scripture is Isaiah 58:11 (NLT).
“The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”
I love beautiful gardens. I just spent two weeks of my vacation landscaping my backyard, sitting and listening to the birds and watching the roses bloom. Resting in the serenity of my garden refreshes me. The Lord promises to make our lives like “well-watered gardens” characterized by beauty, colour, fragrance, tranquility and life — life abundant.
In one of the low points of his life, the Apostle Peter needed a tranquil, safe place to be with the restorer of his soul. He needed a safe place — a place of sanctuary.
Peter had just denied the Lord publically three times. He was devastated, empty and spiritually numb. And so, he withdrew. He escaped from the pain and ran to Galilee to do something so familiar. In John 21:3, Peter tells the disciples, “I’m going out to fish” and six other disciples followed. They run away.
However, Jesus met Peter on the seashore and called Peter to meet with Him. Peter was a broken man whom Christ was preparing to become a rock.
Jesus does a few things when we need to be spiritually restored. In John 21 we learn that:
What words of comfort did you receive from Jesus today? If you missed time with the Lord today, make sure tomorrow morning you find a safe place to meet with the Lord and be replenished. Let your life be characterized as a beautiful, lush, well-watered garden. Please don’t miss your rendezvous with Jesus tomorrow.
Have a blessed week,
P.S. Hope you’re planning to come to our Fellowship National Conference this November 11-13. Click HERE for more information and to register.
Our 2013 Fellowship theme verse is:
“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7