My friends, as you know I have written a book called “Cast Up A Highway”, and perhaps you are wondering where that title came from. Today I'm going to share the story of the book with you.
Long ago and not too far away, there were a couple of days when I was feeling grunchy, like Linus with a cloud over my head, and that’s just not like me. So one evening I said to the Lord, “We need to have a little chat”. Next morning as I sat down for my quiet time with God, my Bible opened to:
John 15:10-11 (AMP)
If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching,
you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love.
11 I have told you these things
so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that
your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing.
I looked at verse 11, and I said, “Jesus, I keep Your commands, so I qualify for this promise and I claim it!” Jesus filled me with HIS joy from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. That special joy remained~ even when I got the phone call from the doctor that afternoon which said, “Mary, I have bad news for you, you have breast cancer.“ Because of the joy, no fear could enter into me. I simply asked, “What do I do now?” She was surprised that my response held no negatives, no fear.
The next morning during quiet time, I could almost hear the enemy say laughingly, “Gotcha now!” But with knowledge and determination I spoke back to him something our Pastor taught: “Don’t speak to God about your mountain; rather speak to your mountain about your God” “Devil”, I said, “you don’t know my God. He is so much bigger and stronger than anything you try to do to me”. And I laughed at him.
Then God gently spoke to me through:
Isaiah 43:1-2 (AMP)
. . .“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you [from captivity];
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.
When you walk through fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
With these reassuring promises from my God, the enemy had no chance of winning this battle! My God calls me by name. He knows me personally and claims me as His own! This was a joyful time in my life. When the doc talked about losing my hair, I said “Yea! With Jesus joy in me, my bald head will be a witness to everyone who sees me!
(Funny aside: My grandkids wanted me to take my hat off so they could see my bald head. I took it off, and they laughed and said, “You look just like Daddy!” Their Dad’s a tall muscular man who shaves his head. We all had a great laugh!)
My days passed as they all do, and through all the chemo and radiation, His joy never left me. At the end of all treatments I was pronounced free of the disease, my hair eventually grew back, and routine was once again established.
Then God began to work on a special project. He ‘gave’ me a Scripture, that is, I began to see these verses in a number of different places, hear on the radio, and see it in various kinds of publications. Finally, I ‘got it’. “OK Lord,” I said, “what do you want me to do with this?” The Scripture was:
Isaiah 62:10 (AMPC)
Go through, go through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people. Cast up, cast up the highway!
Gather out the stones.
Lift up a standard or ensign over and for the peoples.
I thought, "What am I suppose to do with that?"
Now my brother is an engineer, so I called him and asked “how do you build up a highway?” Briefly, this is what he said: “first you have to go down to bedrock for a firm foundation. Then you build pilings on it; on top of the pilings go the footings that support the weight from above; then on the footings go the columns; on top of the columns goes the roadway with rebars in the cement for strengthening. Lastly erect the guardrails and signs."
In praying Holy Spirit showed me that each step had a spiritual connection:
- The firm foundation is my Almighty God.
- The pilings are my Faith in God.
- The Footings, of course, are Jesus who tells us in
- Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
- The columns are the Word of God
- The roadway/highway is my life journey
- The guardrails and signs are the Holy Spirit directing me and keeping me on course to God's heart.
At this point God began downloading Scriptures into me for each step. He wanted His people to know how to build an intimate relationship in their hearts with His heart, and this book is a guide for doing that. Once the basic structure is complete, you will also discover 40 days of meditations to help 'maintain your highway.'
May you all be blessed as you absorb the message of this writing. For more information about it, go to www.castupahighway.com. If you are interested in buying this book, you may find some copies on Amazon or you can go to the publisher:
Thank you! maryc