The best thing I ever, ever did in my whole life?
In 1994 I fell passionately in love with Jesus.
That's it. Oh, and I stayed in love with Him. That's important. No, vital.
It's the staying in love that gets you through all the painful pruning He does. Snip. Snip. Ouch! Snip.
It's the staying in love that takes you through the agonizing dying to self over to the Real Life, the New Life, on the other side.
It's the staying in love which helps you forgive people and circumstances and yes, God Himself, when He uses everything to test you. To see if what He spent weeks teaching you sunk in this time and became a solid, permanent part of you.
It's the discovering that Love Place where you go when you ache to give-up that keeps you growing and even going out for more death, more growth. It's the Love Place which eventually expands, spreading to give you a peace which travels with you, even to the deadliest battle lines. And it's that Love Place, the God sitting there waiting for you, that brings a sweetness, a we'll-get-through-this, which wraps around your heart, buffering the hardest blows and reminding you of the love that is behind all the death, all the growth, all the becoming.
"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." ... Psalm 91:1