Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Loved by God Part 3 - The Hole in the Fence

Peering through the hole in the fence, the little girl watched what she could of the exciting game. She had always longed to play herself! She imagined herself inside and strained to see as much of the field as she could from her limited view point. Suddenly someone tapped her on the shoulder… “Would you like to go in? Here, I’ve paid your way”. A woman with a kind face handed the little girl a ticket. The girl could hardly believe it as she walked through the gate and the sights and sounds surrounded her.

Often we see others enjoying a relationship with God but just don’t know how to experience it for ourselves. We linger outside. Often deceived by our own thinking.

Sometimes we focus on our own circumstances and we blame God for all the things that have gone wrong. We keep focused on ourselves. Sometimes we keep God at such a respectable distance that He is untouchable. Sometimes we realize our lack of virtue and simply think it can’t be for us. Lots of reasons can leave us peering longingly through the hole in the fence, outside of God’s presence. Once you believe His love is real and personal you can move from being a longing spectator right into His presence as His treasured child.

The ticket was bought for you when Jesus died on the cross. You simply need to believe you are invited because the price has been paid. Paid out of love for you! Don’t focus on you… focus on God and His forgiveness and His open arms. Simply say, “I’m sorry God, I’ve messed up. Please forgive me.” This is taking the ticket in your hand and entering the gate. Then He cleanses, He renews, and He begins to rebuild.

“If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1John 1:9

Release your life and all your mistakes to God. Release your sin to Him. Answer the longing in your heart and know that you qualify to enter into a relationship with God… not because of you… but because of Him!

prayer & reflection

Dear Heavenly Father,
I need you. I’m sorry for going my own way. Please forgive me. I don’t want to peer through the hole in the fence any longer. Thank you that you accept me right here, just as I am. Please begin your work of renewing and rebuilding in my life.
In Jesus name I pray, Amen.