Catching your breath …

December 28, 2011

December 28, 2011

“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls …” Jeremiah 6:16

Jesus knows exactly that point inside of your life where you cannot catch your breath. You may be pushing too hard .. driving too hard .. just living too hard. In fact .. it may not be too hard all. It may be the opposite where just taking the next step seems to require using already exhausted resources. “Our” history as a God-called .. God-pursued .. and God-claimed people is one of pushing back when the Lord offers a moment to catch our breath and reset our steps on His path .. the ancient paths .. the good way .. the way that restores rest. “Our” history has been filled with our repeated attempts to make a way out of this world and try to fit it into His world. “Our” history only makes real sense .. eye-opening sense when we look at Jesus. He not only steps into our disrupted lives but He becomes the very disruption that cause us to stop and take a breath. Because if you really belong to Him … then you know that your life is to be pointed in His direction .. walking on His path .. and learning to breathe the “rhythms of grace” that lets you “recover your life”. You’ll never find it on your own. Jesus offers the ancient word that invites you to know Him: “ask”. Jeremiah quickly sums up our response: “But we will not walk in it!” He offers you over and over. And even when you think that you’ve out-lived His offer or ignored Him to the point that you feel ashamed for asking … He says: Ask! There is no better time to ask than now … and it only takes a moment …!

“To that they said, “Well, what do we do then to get in on the God’s works?” Jesus said’ “Throw in your lot with the One that God has sent. That kind of commitment gets you in on God’s works.” John 6:28-29 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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