Have you ever taken your eyes off a child for a moment, only for them to become lost? No matter how long the separation lasts, the horror of their disappearance time-stamps your brain with trauma.
Thirty years ago, my best friend Maggie Rowe, experienced this when her young son Jordan wandered away from his family during a visit to Plimoth Plantation near their Massachusetts home. Though he was found safely with a staff, Maggie still has nightmares about the incident.
Do you ever find yourself panicked these days, feeling as though something important (or someone important) has slipped out of your hands? We are living in an unprecedented time of great loss, and it’s no wonder some are silently wondering “Where are you, God, in all this?”
In her exquisitely beautiful new book, “This Life We Share,” author Maggie Rowe reminds her readers just how God accompanies us on this journey through life. Especially during those times when we feel we have lost track of Him. Here are some of her thoughts from the book:
“…My sympathies are fully with Mary, mother of Jesus, for her frantic response after becoming separated from her oldest child for a full three days. Jesus’ family had joined a caravan of other travelers returning to Nazareth after celebrating the Passover in Jerusalem.When Mary didn’t see her über responsible firstborn among their relatives and friends, she may have assumed he was assisting other families. But when he was nowhere to be found, Mary and Joseph hurried back to Jerusalem and searched for him everywhere, only to finally locate him in the inner courtyard of the Temple, listening and asking questions of the teachers.
We can relate to Mary’s stern questioning, born out of days of stomach-churning fear: “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” What strikes me about the account, though, is that the separation was not on Jesus’ part. Scripture tells us that while Jesus was still in Jerusalem, the group left for home, “thinking he was in their company.” Jesus’ human family left him behind, and they traveled on thinking they were mindful of him when they were not. Jesus did not leave them. They were the ones who left him.
How powerfully convicting that passage has become to me! I know Jesus, love him, and fully intend to stay close to him every day. But how often do I travel on my oblivious little way, thinking I’m being mindful of him, when I’m not?
Acknowledged or not, the God of our journey is present with us at all times, in all ways, in all circumstances. God makes a promise to his people: “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” Then he did just that, coming to Earth in the person of Jesus. As Apollo 15 astronaut Jim Irwin once said, “God walking on the Earth is more important than man walking on the moon.”
God is not simply an aspect of our lives but rather the one who is in and over all things. Our Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end of our journeys on this side of eternity. And he sent his only Son to take on our flesh and blood and move into the neighborhood. He came not only as Savior but as Friend. We are the cause of his journey from heaven to earth. We can walk the road of our lives with confidence because of the one who came to walk with us. Let’s find the God of our journey in every part of what we do.”Taken from This Life we Share by Maggie Wallem Rowe. Copyright © 2020. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries.
I was privileged to endorse “This Life We Share” and here is my high recommendation: “Imagine sitting in a rocking chair overlooking a stunning mountain range as a dear friend shares stories of God connections throughout her life’s journey. You hang on every word because she exquisitely weaves them together to convey hope, grace, and an uncanny understanding of the hard path you are trudging. The beauty of a book written by a wise, older woman is that there is something for everyone – a lifetime of varied adventures and challenges which affirm the goodness of God. Every page reminds me that a shared life with God and others is indeed a treasure. Please savor Maggie Rowe’s words slowly, that the rich truth might sink deeply into your soul, offering strength for your own journey.” – Lucinda Secrest McDowell, author “Soul Strong”
I’m giving away 2 COPIES of this beautiful hardcover book and will randomly draw names from the comments on the blog page on Mother’s Day May 10th. Please COMMENT to enter giveaway.
under the mercy, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”
©2020 Lucinda Secrest McDowell