If you are a strategic planner, analytical thinker; one who may have even been called a nerd or geek at some point in your life, revel in the fact that you have been given some very awesome gifts from our Heavenly Father! These are character traits that though sometimes laughed at, are inherited from on High. Thinking back to what we read in Genesis, after Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden after being deceived by the devil, there was a breach. A rift between us and God. A separation, a void… a Gap. Glory be to God for His planning and strategic actions to bring about Jesus, our Lord and Savior, who CROSSed the gap, providing an everlasting unshakable bridge, illuminated by the Light of His Word. It’s a walk Way that, not only mends the perforation that kept us from directly communing with God, but it also carries us over many unforeseen, uncertain, and not yet completed events. For centuries, it’s been helping us to keep from falling into a dark abyss; enabling us to walk forward into the hopeful future ahead!
CROSSed the Gap between the Forest and the Trees
Part of that plan was the excruciatingly painful event of Christ’s death on the CROSS. A day full of sorrow disappointment and loneliness. Yet, from the moment our Lord and Savior uttered the words, “…’It is finished.’…”, in John 19:30, it became a day of celebration, though… at that very moment no one realized it. It is a prime example of something that looks and feels crushing, being something that is actually very, very, good. It was part of the process of bringing us all back into the ability to have a relationship with Him, providing a Way to restoration of all stolen and lost.
There’s a saying that goes; “…can’t see the forest for the trees.” When we are in the thick of things, lost in the heart of the forest, we sometimes can’t find our way out to the other side. Engrossed in the deluge of details, distracted by the urgent, buried by the burdens, it becomes a time where we can begin to also lose heart. The only things that can be noticed is the trouble, the pain, and worry of how it’s all going to affect tomorrow. This is how those who stood with Jesus felt right after what they thought was the end happened. Jesus had been crucified, and their hope was lost. They wept at what they thought was the demise of the new kingdom and deliverer according to their view of what that was all about. And, now its possibility was gone, it perished with Him on the cross. A huge rupture had opened and swallowed any real chances for a good, much less a great, future. What were they going to do now? There was a gap in their perception, because being on the ground, all they could see where the tree trunks. Even if they looked up all they could see were the looming branches and leaves, shutting out the Son. But, Christ who sits on High, and looks down on it all from an aerial view, saw the whole forest. He knew as part of the Father’s entire plan for His life, He’d rise again, and the saga would continue with a triumphant and victorious end.
“I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (GWT)
Something to remember that even as you may be in a dark place, and you can’t see anything but dirt, the walls blocking you in, and everything that is going bad makes you want to say “this stinks!”, know that God has a greater plan. Hebrews 4:15 says, “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” He knows how you feel no matter what kind of bind you may find yourself in. After Christ’s death, He experienced such, at the time He was in darkness for three days, but He, being God, knew that He would not stay there, He would rise again! This is one way Christ CROSSed the Gap for you!
“…as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived– these things God has prepared for those who love Him’– ” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (TNIV). That being said, you aren’t able to see the entire plan for your life, or the exact time God will resurrect all you thought lost, but believe that Christ, being with you every minute and every second, knows it all. When the time comes, He will open the eyes of your heart helping you to see the CROSSing that will lead you out of the valley.
Even through the pouring out of tears or the void felt after they’ve all been shed, He can restore your joy and peace. Despite your age, no matter how close the point of cutoff for something you’ve wanted may be, it is not too late for Him to move on your behalf. God’s move may not be in a direction or in a manner you thought He might do it in, but nothing is hopeless.
We see an unexpected move Jesus made in John 11:1-44. He allowed one road close and opened another. Mary and Martha came seeking Him to help their sick brother Lazarus in the only way they could see, which was to heal him of his illness. But Jesus had other plans for them, so the sisters went back to care for their brother, and their view of the road they thought would take them over the gap of sickness was no longer there. The space between where Lazarus was and his getting well was so large they could no longer see the other side of the gap. As far as they were concerned, all hope for good to come out of this was gone. Little did they know, Jesus had a different pathway available and open for them; a way to resolve their problem that they never saw. He raised for Lazarus a new CROSSing into living again!
There may be something you’ve put to rest, thinking there’s no other way. You’ve given up on taking any steps because if there is no solid footing on which to step to get to the seemingly non-existing side of nothingness. So what’s the point, right? Well… the point is, there is life on the other side of the gap. It’s time to seek what alternative routes Jesus has prepared for you to take. For just as in Luke 1:43, Jesus “…cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’”, He is telling you to Get Up! Move Forward! And, trust that He’ll remove the blind folds and show you the way.
A lesson to learn from Mary’s and Martha’s way of thinking is to never limit God to only what you know could close the separation between where you are and where you need to be. Remember, He’s looking down on the entirety of the maze of your life, while you can only see the hedges of the part of the maze you are currently in. Seek Him for direction because He’s already made another way, and you and what you thought was lost will be resurrected and rise again to enter a new season of your life!
CROSSed the Gap with Grace
I encourage you, as The Lord begins to show you the alternative Way, declare and decree that you will not be held back by fissures you may see in your ability to move forward. The Father sending His Son to die on the CROSS for us was a gift no human deserved. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV) We were saved by grace, out of His kindness, everlasting love for us and His desire to be near us that He gave His only begotten Son. Knowing all things about you, despite what you may think is the worst in you, our Father sees all the best that He’s placed in you. So, Christ also CROSSed the gap of past mistakes! They cannot hold you back! When you accepted Him into your heart, renounced what was done, all those things died on the CROSS with Him, but did not rise with Him. What was risen was a Living God who sent His Spirit to help you through any kind of weakness you may see as a disparity between where you are now and where you desire to be, as He tells us in His Word in John 16:7; “‘But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.’” His Holy Spirit is now with you forever. Therefore, be encouraged that it is not by your own perfection strength intellect or abilities that you will be delivered. It is by God’s grace that makes way for His Power to work in you. It is His grace that CROSSed the gaps of all you cannot do on your own. With Him, you can do it!
If you’ve never given your life to Christ or you feel you’ve wandered too far away from His way of living, pray the following…
Prayer that CROSSes the Gap into a New Life
Lord Jesus, I’ve been sitting on this side of the gap much too long without you. I seek You, Lord, believing You are the Son of the One and Only Living God, and ask You to come into my heart as my Lord and Savior. Please forgive anything I’ve done that was displeasing to You, and help me to begin walking aCROSS all that tries holds me back from You and all You have planned for me. Thank You, Lord for Your love grace and mercy.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Prayer to Walk aCROSS the Gap
Father God, thank You for Your incredible gift of grace and life! Thank You for providing a Way back to You! Though I cannot see pass all that separates me from my hopeful future, I know You have made a way for me by having CROSSed the gap. I give all my burdens worries and concerns over to You, Lord, and trust that You will show me the Way. Please enlighten the eyes of my heart to see each step You’ve planned for me. Help me to overcome any unbelief and to rest assured that I can do all things through You, Christ Jesus, who strengthens me because Your grace is sufficient in all my weaknesses.
Through Your Powerful and Loving Name, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!