Just as Lovely

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The buds of the Queen Anne’s Lace are just as lovely as the finished, wide open flower. From beginning to end, they both add color and texture to nature’s life.

The rugged path of the Pioneer forging forward is just as lovely as the finished settler’s homestead. From beginning to end, they both add color and texture to the life of humanity.

The sinner and prostitute, the woman at the well and the broken woman washing Jesus’ feet with her hair is just as lovely as the woman resting at Jesus’ feet learning from his every word.

The criminal hanging beside Jesus asking to be remembered is just as lovely to the heart of Jesus as the first martyr stoned to death for living a life for Jesus.

A 50 year old multi-divorced woman who was born into a mess, endured many messes, created some mess herself and continues to pioneer forward is just as lovely to the heart of Jesus as a nun who settles in Calcutta to bind the messy wounds of lepers.

Whether you are the Pioneer tackling the wilderness of a new frontier or the Settler in a homestead of solid faith and a known life, you are just as lovely in the eyes of Jesus.

 

The Father has gone before us. Jesus has gone before us. Pioneers have gone before us.

 

Tomorrow I begin a new journey. The bud of this journey is just as lovely as the destination a year from now will be. Some of my path has been paved by those who have gone before me. Yet, I am my own person with my own story of weeds and messes. Therefore, some of my path will only be my own and will entail some wilderness to be tackled.

 

So, tomorrow I shall go where no man or woman

has gone before!

(Que Jean-Luc Piccard voice)

I had to pause for a moment of smiles. I am a closet Star Trek: NG geek. 

 

Who we are now. Who we are on the journey to opening up and becoming. Who we are when we leave this earth and settle with Jesus.

We are all just as lovely to the heart of Jesus.

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When the buds of Queen Anne's Lace are put together with their full bloom flower; then joined with the buds and flowers of other varieties, they are just as lovely

Lord, in your mercy, may all who have ears, hear that they are just as lovely. All God's buds and flowers say... Amen.

Enjoy some inspiration with the song below. Pioneer by Honeytree. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMH6z63eYhQ

Pioneer
Pioneer
Keep pressing onward
Beyond your fear
Only the Father
Goes before you
To your own frontier
You're a pioneer

Uncharted wilderness
Stretches before you
And you thrive on going
Where no one has gone
Still it gets lonely
When darkness deepens
So sing by the fire
Until the dawn
You travel on
You travel alone
And when you arrive
Nobody knows
But the Father in Heaven
He is glad you can go
For those who come after you
Will need the road

Pioneer
Pioneer
Keep pressing onward
Beyond your fear
Only the Father
Goes before you
To your own frontier
You're a pioneer

And what you have done
Others will do
Bigger and better
And faster than you
But you can't look back
no
You gotta keep pressing through
There's a wilderness pathway
And it's callin' you
Callin' you
Callin' you clear
Keep pressing onward
You can't stay here
Only the Father
Goes before you
To your own frontier
You're a pioneer

Only the Father
Goes before you
To your own frontier
You're a pioneer