Who doesn’t want to be taken up into the third heaven to tour your eternal mansion? Who doesn’t want to ride in a chariot of fire?
Who wouldn’t willingly climb a mountain to see the finger of God write on a stone tablet?
Without a doubt, these life-changing encounters mark you but those surprises happen on God’s timetable. So what do you do in the meantime?
Pursue the little encounters. It is the little encounters that change your heart.
Little Encounters? How do you do that?
It is really not magic or only reserved for those who seemed deemed “special.” It is what your Sunday School teacher told you when you were a kid –
“Boys and girls, if you want to know Jesus,
you should read your bible and pray,
Once a week
fast a meal.
Give your tithes and offerings.
Treat others the way you would like to be treated – even the kids you don’t like.”
So in grown-up language-
To have a heart on fire with love for Jesus,
Spend time with Him every day – not just on church days or with others.
Ponder His words.
Give your time and money.
Bless your enemies… and even those who get on your nerves.
Look after the poor.
Keep His commandments.
It is in those little encounters when He takes us into the “secret chambers” ( S of S 1:4) that your confidence grows in knowing that He values you. It is the notes of the song that He sings over you of His delight to spend time in that intimate place of heart connection. It is like blue gemstones to treasure in your heart that He deemed you special and worthy to visit you with His presence.
– A Devotion from my Song of Songs Love Story