One Mile

I am a reader. My last post regarding fairy tales may have already told you that, but just in case, you should know. I am a reader. I love reading. I don’t get to as much as I would like to. But I love it. Anyway….

Right now I am reading a book by Francine Rivers. The book is called Redeeming Love.

Before I continue I have to make this confession: This is probably my 5th or 6th time reading this book. 🙂 While it’s not a text book (who reads text books for fun?!) I can tell you I learn something different every time.

I’m not going to try to tell you what the book is about (you can just click the link) but I came across a line today that made me think.

“Because, for some of us, one mile can be farther to walk than thirty…”

Redeeming Love is the story of a man who loves and marries a woman who we wouldn’t exactly call “worthy of love”. In this scene she has attempted to run away from her husband and go back to the life he rescued her from. It’s 30 miles to where she’s been – beyond miserable, unwelcome, used and looked down on. And only 1 mile to where she’s running away from – home, safe, secure. Sounds like she’s got what she wants a little mixed up huh? Or maybe it’s just what she thought she wanted. Or maybe she felt she couldn’t earn what she really wanted. In her stubborn pride and shame, she felt she didn’t deserve this man. She knew she didn’t deserve this man. Yet, here he is, bandaging her wounds from the 1 mile journey and washing her feet from the dirty road. And she asks why and all he says is: “Because, for some of us, one mile can be farther to walk than thirty…”

How many times have you walked one mile, but whatever you were walking through was harder than the other thirty you’d seen? Are you tired? Have you had enough of what or where you were but feel the need to have to earn the goodness and mercy held out towards you?

It’s not about what you can do. It’s about what Jesus has already done for you. ❤

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