October 18–The LORD Wants to Take Hold of Each of Us

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. Psalm 18:16

The LORD wants so much to take hold of all us…to save us…to protect us…to lead us…to transform us. Because the LORD loves us and does not want anyone to be eternally separated from Him by rejecting the salvation He offers.

The Lord is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

The LORD patiently waits for us to choose to let Him take hold of us…even while He passionately pursues us with His love. Seven years ago today my dad let God hold him after living most of his life in stubborn and cruel defiance of God and God’s righteous and loving ways.

Yet there was God…waiting patiently and wanting passionately…to take hold of my dad. Jesus had already died for Dad. There is no other sufficient, acceptable sacrifice, offering or action that could bring forgiveness and salvation to my dad…or to me…or to anyone…except for the blood that Jesus poured out on the cross. Jesus just needed Dad to finally acknowledge his need for God’s forgiveness and his need for God to take hold of him.

And on October 18, 2002, my dad did just that…and God took hold of him and drew him out of the deep waters of chaos and condemnation. That day God took hold of my dad through the salvation of Jesus Christ.

Four years later God took hold of my dad and escorted him away from all the chaos and deep waters on this side of Heaven and brought Dad into his eternal home to walk and live in peace along the river of life that flows from the throne of God.

May we each let the LORD take hold of us…to save us…to protect us…to lead us…to transform us…each and everyday of our lives.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane

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