Jesus is the Reason for all the seasons of my life. It is with him that I walk as his reign is within my heart, and all Creation, and my heart and all Creation dwell within his reign. Easy, no!
The wimpish Jesus frolicking among the sheep in the fields isn't real. He wasn't blond haired and probably not blue-eyed either. He might not have been attractive by contemporary standards. He grew up and lived in an occupied land. Did anything good ever come out of Nazareth (John 1:46)?
This man Jesus looks you directly in the eyes and says "Come, follow me." Folks, that's not a question! When we get up and walk with him, our whole lives are turned upside down, inside out, to the point that we don't recognize ourselves. God fills us.
Putting our hands in the hand of the man who stilled the waters, doesn't guarantee instant heaven. In fact, you might think you're in hell! Change from what we thought we knew and want to hold onto at all costs causes much pain. When compassion begins to bloom, our hearts feel as if they've been wrapped in thorns. We encounter our earthiness, humus, humility.
But once the heart of stone is cracked and smashed, what joy! But not a joy that calls attention to itself, but, rather, a quiet knowing, a deep loving, that transforms one into a new creation. A new person dwelling in the bosom of his or her Beloved reaches out to others by being love-in-action.