One of my sources of joy as of this year has been the ability to spontaneously go on late-night walks/jogs around campus. Dropping everything, escaping from everyone for a while, and just experiencing that kind of peace that comes when you’re alone and outside and quiet - it’s addicting.
Sometimes during these walks I marvel at the moon and stars, which, as cliche as that sounds, I can’t help but find enthralling. Since the start of the year, I’ve been waiting to see the Big Dipper or Little Dipper (separate, I can’t tell the difference), but haven’t known when nor where in the sky they appear.
Tonight, my walk led me to an area of grass I often overlook. I decided to lay there for a while and just be. After a few moments, once I stopped worrying a raccoon might visit me from a nearby tree, I looked up only to realize I was directly under one of the Dippers. And I actually started to cry :)
As if that didn’t make me blissful enough, walking back up the hill to my dorm, the moon was incredible - full and glowing radiantly. We have a brilliant artist up there.
God be my everything, be my delight, be Jesus my glory, my soul satisfied!
I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
I have the Holy Spirit power.
The die has been cast.
I have stepped over the line.
The decision has been made - I’m a disciple of His.
I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.
I’m finished with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.
I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.
I now live by faith, lean in His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and I labor with power.
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions are few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander in the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus.
I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me.
And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me…
My banner will be clear!