Meeting Jesus In The Woods

I have a friend who goes up to her cabin and spends regular weekends with Jesus. She walks in the woods and watches deer dancing in her front yard. She spends hours in her Bible. And many more hours on her knees confessing sins. She sings hymns and praises to our great and mighty King.

OK, I'll admit it. The first time she told me about it, I thought she was a little weird.

Seeking Jesus in the dark times of life.

But the past few years my heart has faced sorrows so deep that there are no words that can aptly describe the pain. It's like a deep blackness that just rips you apart and pulls out your soul. Stomps on it, then sticks it in a meat grinder. Then tosses it in a paper shredder for dramatic effect and stuffs it right back into your soul cavity. Broken. Ripped apart. Washed salty by all the tears. Dried out from all the sadness.

No, I'm not dramatic at all.

Infertility. Miscarriage.
Such deep, dark, burning wounds.

But my friend who meets Jesus in the woods is onto something.

When you let Jesus fill up that deep, black, painful hole inside of you, beautiful things begin to happen.

Years of pain are replaced with tears of joy. Knowing that someday the other side of Heaven you will dance and hug and sing with your precious babies. And you will do all these other wonderful things like go for walks and play dates and build big sand castles and talk about boy things and girl things and funny things and silly things. But these moments will be so much more. More timeless. More precious. More eternal.

That deep pain in your heart will be healed up and filled with God's glory and power and mercy. You will be so showered in grace that you will forget you only met your babies in eternity and never had a chance to love one another this side of Heaven.

My friend who meets Jesus in the woods is onto something.

Friends, when your soul is so battered and broken that you question whether it is worth believing, run to the woods. Meet Jesus there. Let him shower you in His grace and fill you up with His love. Let Him brush away your tears and tell you it's going to be OK. Trust that He has a plan and a purpose far greater than your tiny little human mind can possibly imagine.

And when you are done meeting Jesus in the woods, like my wise friend, wipe away your salty tears. And make sure your heart clings so tightly to Him, that you will be able to face the heavy blackness together until it becomes beautifully bright again.

{P.S. Clearly you don't have to go to the woods to meet Jesus, He is with us wherever we go. So don't get all theologically crazy on me. It's a metaphor about spending time in prayer and in God's Word.}

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  1. Now you know one of the reasons I hunt

  2. Yeah, being out in the woods is a beautiful thing. Hunting for the Schroeders, not so much. But what a beautiful thing to just 'be' in God's wondrous creation!

  3. I'm sorry for your friend. Never having experienced any of that, I cannot imagine her pain, but having experienced my own pain, I understand the emotions. My husband and I love to hike, and try to get out in the woods at least every weekend (this time of year, it's impossible after work--sad face---). I got the idea to blog from being in the woods because every time I'm out there hiking, God shows up and we commune. It's wonderful. I don't get down on my knees and confess, like your friend, as this would slow us down considerably...

  4. Yes, Mary, I think getting down and kneeling would be a hard thing in the middle of a hike. :) But glad you are able to enjoy the woods too.

  5. Hi Nicki! I love walking in the forest. We have an Arboretum close to us, and it's my place to go and 'reset'. It's quiet, and I can finally calm myself and hear the Lord speak. I do have to say that I don't sing!
    I am sorry for your pain, and for your friends troubles too. We all share in that as human beings. My husband and I also struggled with fertility. I think it's more common than even I know. But that doesn't make it any less painful, does it...
    Nice to meet you! From Playdates with God,

  6. Hi Gail! No easy is definitely not the word to use. But it is awesome to know that we are not facing our struggles alone! Hugs to you :)

  7. I love the idea of meeting Jesus in the woods (but then I'm an introvert!) He truly is the healer of souls - thank you for this lovely honest post :)

  8. Infinite Counselor, Marvelous Redeemer, Perfect Healer! Hello fellow introvert, I must say I have some of my best times with the Lord when I am alone and in nature. Blessings :)

  9. This is beautiful... and I love the idea of actually getting away from it all on purpose, with the purpose of spending time with Jesus. Sometimes it truly does taking us removing all distractions and getting in an atmosphere of Slow... your post reminded me of Ann Voskamp and what she calls Soul Holes... may Jesus mend and fill!

  10. Love being out in the woods with Jesus. Or anywhere outside with Him. Always feel so close, His presence so near. Blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving. Glad I clicked on you from Messy Marriage.

  11. Thanks for blessing me with a visit! I am going to have to google soul holes, sounds interesting.

  12. Me too Sheila, though winter here in the Midwest makes being outdoors a bit harder :) right now it's more like indoors in front of the fire! Blessings to you, N

  13. I don't have a cabin, like your friend, but I have a chair on my front porch and it is my daily journey to that chair that keeps my heart beating. It is necessary to meet with Jesus here, cup of coffee in hand, so that I truly can be the woman I am meant to be, fully changed by the power of His presence. It is amazing.
    Praying for you as you continue to meet with Him and may each meeting heal your heart. :)

  14. Thanks Dawn! I love your daily meeting with Jesus on your front porch. I can just picture it, so awesome! May you continue to enjoy those precious moments and soak in His presence. Blessings! :)


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