Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my concerns,
Psalms 139:23 MEV
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
Psalms 139:23 KJV
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Psalms 139:23 NLT
This verse takes me back to a short allegorical story I wrote, ‘THE MAZE”
I woke up one day and heard a voice saying,
“You HAVE to get past the maze to make it to a better place.”
For years I wandered in this huge maze between here and heaven. I was told that there is only one way to get to the very end, “you must get past the maze or die in the maze, forever lost.”
One day, finally, I looked up and heard a voice and saw a hand reaching down.
The voice called, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one gets to the end, where my Father is, but through me (Jn. 14:6).”
I went to grab His hand but as I extended mine HE PULLED ME UP (Jude:22-23 Ps. 18:16-17).
Once on top of the walls of the maze I looked back down and realized what I was just saved from.
I heard Him say, “Follow Me, my name is Jesus.”
I followed His steps as He walked across the top edges of this huge labyrinth. I could see Heaven from where we were but then
I stopped and said, “Wait, we can do this?”
Jesus smiled and answered, “With me all things are possible (Mt. 19:26).”
“But Lord, I thought we had to go through that maze and find our own way. I thought that it was up to us to find out if the arrows on the ground and the sign posts on the wall were right. I thought we had to follow the others who said they knew the way and maybe even run into a few dead ends or even a few walls. I was under the impression that…”
“Hush”, He interrupted, “Do you want to do it your way or mine?” (Is. 55:8-11)
With a smile I answered, “You know my heart, Lord.”
He smiled back and chuckled ,
“I also know your head.”
Then He went on to explain, “You were told you have to get past the maze. I’ve already been through it and conquered it, now you can follow me, above it all. Just follow me closely, every step.”
I continue, to this day, to follow Christ as He leads me, not down inside the maze, not through the maze but across the top, above the maze where He walks. He is above it all.
He is leading me past this world of confusion to the other side.
Occasionally He has me hold His strong and mighty hand to reach down for one who is struggling down in the Maze. When they are pulled up they see that it was actually Christ who pulled them up and that we now share the same journey.
Let Him lift you up, pull you out, and set your feet on higher ground. Follow Him. He knows the way. He is The way.
The Holy Spirit laid this on my heart to share with others. I hope it helps clarify
God’s grace for you. ~Tom “beetle” Bailey
Another vision by William Booth below:
God is not a crutch, he is a full stretcher, can’t even limp into heaven without HIM God is not a crutch, he is a full stretcher, can’t even limp into heaven without HIM.
The original writing includes some videos at the end. If interested go to: https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/above-all-else-the-maze-below/
Go with God, beetle