Jesus died to set us free (Luke 4:18), free from sin and free from ourselves. We are so often our own worst enemy, but life also offers many barriers to living the life Jesus meant for us to have. I hope to offer words of encouragement and inspiration to help others enjoy their jubilee in Christ.
In the Hebrew tradition there are several special holidays or festivals. Some last a day, such as the Sabbath, others several days such as Pentecost or Chanukah. But there is one holiday that lasts an entire year, a Sabbath year; a year of rest. A Sabbath year occurs once every seven years. Crops would be gathered every year and stored during the sixth year then during the seventh year no crops would be planted or harvested; the land would enjoy a year of rest and the people a year from laborious farming.
Then there is the Jubilee year.
The 50th year is not only a year of rest but of freedom and restoration, of being returned to your homeland. For me it began with returning to my home in Jesus. While my jubilee celebration is taking place in my 50th year, in Jesus it can happen anytime.
The idea of a Jubilee year has come to mean much to me over the past ten years or so and now that I’m in my year of Jubilee it is even more precious. God prepared me for this time and he did a great work in me in the ten months prior to my departure. He freed me of financial burdens, of material possessions, of a boxed in way living. Mostly he freed my heart and soul to trust him in the deepest areas that I haven’t wanted to let go of.
The idea of the jubilee journey came to life on February 2, 2009, when the creator of the universe asked me to go on an adventure with him, a jubilee journey. Now this is not just a life journey or journey of the heart, no, this was a road trip with Jesus. We’re talking nearly two years traveling the US and Canada living in a minivan converted to a mini-camper.
True to the jubilee year (Lev 25), Jesus set this captive free and restored so much of what had been lost; my step-dad’s family which I hadn’t seen since his death 20 years prior, the restoration of my daughter who had been dancing with the devil for the past several years and he restored my heart of a family betrayal. Even as great as all of this, he was just warming up to an event that Hallmark movies are made of.
This blog began as a way for me to journal my experiences on the road for friends back home and has become my mission to provide others a way to a jubilee life. These entries will recount the joys, frustrations, miracles and laughs as well as valuable lessons of trust, freedom and reconciliation. The bottom line…no matter how hopeless a situation, no matter how many decades a circumstance seems dead, Jesus can restore it. Maybe not the way you imagined but in way that will heal, help others and bring Him glory, and at just the right time.
Enjoy the tales of my Jubilee Journey.
Update: this journey is over and a new one has begun. If you would like to read stories of God’s work and see photographs of the places Jesus brought me begin with “From where I came“. You can then follow the path Jesus brought me on that was lined with many jewels. You can read them all or pick out topics that you believe will bless you the most.
I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.