I remember looking at the ladies around me. Beautiful. Joyful. They radiated a life lived with Jesus.
They knew Him so well.
I felt like I missed something.
And I was just too late to find it.
Are you in that place? That place that feels too late?
Too late to put the past behind you and meet Jesus for the first time?
Too late to get your life back on track and embrace Him once again?
Too late to dig in deeply into His Word to pursue a deeper relationship with Him?
Too late to ever find true peace?
If you are, will you give me just 5 minutes to share with you why it’s not true?
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. – Revelation 22:17 NLT
Did you catch that?
Not, “Those who are in their 20s.”
“Those with only some sin.”
Rather, He said,
“But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” –Deuteronomy 4:29 NIV
And again, in this verse there are no time frames and no parameters. Simply seek the Lord with all your heart and soul
and You will find Him.
But there’s also this, it’s not too late – God’s personal Message! – “Come back to me and really mean it! Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!” 13 Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God, your God. And here’s why: God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot, This most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe. – Joel 2:12-13 MSG
It’s not too late. Not ever.
It’s not too late to embrace. To turn back. To dig in.
To find true peace.
Remember when I said I felt just too late to find what I’d missed? That was me a little over 10 years ago. Friends, I had spent over 30 years believing in God. I knew without a doubt He held all of my life in the palm of His hand.
I’d always known He was there watching me. But somehow I’d missed that He was there holding me.
And there’s a big difference between someone that will watch you in your pain and someone that will hold you in your pain.
I didn’t know all that His Word held for me. The details in between all those pages. The freedom that existed there. The power nestled within that Book.
I didn’t even know what most of it meant. The words seemed so confusing.
I felt my heart overflow with this desire to know Him more, but I felt too late. I felt too late to get what I saw those sweet ladies had. I had too much baggage. Too many condemning thoughts in my mind.
But I wanted it.
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. – Philippians 3:13-14 NLT
I let go of the lie. I looked to the future and I embraced the truth that it is never too late.
Today I tell you this from this space where I write.
Friends … where I write about Jesus!
Something that woman in her 30s would never have dreamed possible. God has shown me first hand that my too late is His perfect timing. In those beginning days of building a relationship with Him, I turned to resources that would encourage my walk. Those resources are now ones to which I contribute! A full circle. All God.
Sometimes I still must stop listening to the lie of “too late”. God has done much to mold me in these last years, but is it too late to pursue deeper yet the things He has placed on my heart? Or, do I listen to the truth and know that as long as I have breath it is not too late to grow deeper in Him and do the work of the King?
Dearest friends, I hope I did well with these 5 minutes you gave me and I pray you embrace the truth and apply it to your life. The truth that says
You are not too late.
Dearest Jesus, You are a God of full circles. A God of patience and of unfailing love. Your arms are wide open in invitation for our surrender to step in. Thank You for redeeming our wasted time and our missteps. Thank You for grace when we step away instead toward You. And thank You for taking our offering and with it, creating a beautiful masterpiece. Lord, I ask you to convict each of us with the truth that it is never too late. Train us to put our eyes on You and follow that next step, whatever that may be. Make Your Word come alive to each of us and fill us with Your wisdom and love. Let us live lives that radiate a life lived with You. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
Encouraging others is Lori’s passion. So whether she is in wife, mom, friend, teacher, or writer mode, encouragement is the desire of her heart. And because there is not better encouragement than the love of Jesus, pointing others to Him brings her great joy!
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