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Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb. Mary had a little lamb, whose fleece was white as snow.
Everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went. Everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go.
My three year old son was singing this nineteenth century nursery rhyme the other day. After the first line of the song, he began singing, “Mary had a little baby Jesus”. I’m not quite sure if he thought of this on his own or if he heard it elsewhere, but I rather liked the connection.
Mary did have a little baby Jesus who grew into a man, a perfect sacrifice, a lamb white as snow—spotless, blameless, sinless—Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! Every sin, for every sinner, He gives new life to all who believe in Him.
The second part of the nursery rhyme, “everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go”, is true for each of us—everywhere we go the Holy Spirit goes as well. Jesus died on the cross, taking our place, so that by His blood our sins may be wiped clean, giving us new life in Him and eternal life with our Heavenly Father. Jesus doesn’t stop there…we don’t stop at salvation…we don’t simply roam this earth on our own until we go to heaven…No! Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to take up residence within us, to lead and guide us.
John 14:15-21 & 25-27
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
If you have given your life to Jesus by accepting His precious gift of salvation, then you have the Helper in the Holy Spirit residing in you. Even if you have strayed, find yourself wandering further and further away, you’re now lost and unsure of how you got to where you are now, or you think you’re too far gone to make your way back home… The Lamb follows you and is sure to go where you go because The Lamb is also The Shepherd. The Shepherd goes after His lost sheep. His pursuit of you never ceases and He will not give up on you.
You may have felt alone as you’ve walked through this broken and painful world, but even in your darkest moments, even when you’ve made the most horrific decisions and are dealing with the consequences—God is with you, calling you closer to Him and to hear him as he whispers gently how much He still loves you. He still loves you and nothing can change that, nothing can separate you from His love. Nothing can separate you from Him.
God desires you to allow Him into every part of your life. He’s already living within you, but you need to acknowledge that and open yourself up to Him. He doesn’t just want the put together parts of you or your life…He wants every part, the broken, bruised, wounded, full of shame and guilt-ridden parts because in His presence there’s no way this list can remain for He is too Holy and too powerful and too loving to let it stay a part of you. He’s already washed you clean. He already sees you as such, so do not cling to your old self and the brokenness that stems from it.
The chains you continue to carry around as you run from the love of God will only get you so far before you reach a point of becoming stuck, unable to break free from them in your own strength. Allow God to free you so you can begin running into His open arms. Allow Him to lead you back to the life He has planned for you. He has so much in store for you when you choose Him, recognize His presence in your life, and allow Him to heal and free you.
Remember, He goes wherever you go and He never leaves nor forsakes you❤️