Earlier this month seven of us (7 is God’s perfect number) spent a glorious weekend with the Lord at Loyola Retreat House between Akron and Canton. God blessed us with fellowship, with His beautiful creation, with our own sleeping rooms (this will be a feature of Seeking Stillness retreats going forward – we heard your feedback), and most of all He blessed us with His presence through His word.
During the weekend we slowly walked through John 15:12-17
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”
God reminded us that He is our friend and He, through His Holy Spirit, reveals to us those same things that He revealed to Jesus. Do you consider God your friend? Do you treat Him as a friend and spend time with Him as you would your best friend? Do you create the space in your day to hear from Him?
God chose each of us for a special place in His plan. Is that not awesome!!! He chose me, I didn’t just decide one day to follow Him. He chose you too. Can you look back over your life and see how He was at work even before you chose to trust Him? He pursued you then, and He pursues you now. It’s just incredible that the One who made the universe, crafted us for relationship with Him and orders our days so that we will look to Him for our sustenance.
God is the ultimate role model for being a friend. Through Jesus, He laid down His life for us that we might have life eternal. Our weekend away would not have been complete if we had not fully allowed ourselves to take this reality in and praise God for sacrificing His Son for us.
Take some time this week with this passage of scripture. What is God saying to you as you read it slowly? Send us your thoughts and we’ll turn this blog into a dialog about our Creator.