"I hold on to You for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post..." Psalm 63

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

NOT {Word-less Wednesday}...just because...

So, after much thought, I've decided to boycott Wordless Wednesday 
because I have something to say after all.

I LOVE HOW GOD LOVES!

I've been struggling the last few weeks with God's seemingly silent self in the BIG things in my life...
You know, BIG things like 
finances
vocation
singleness
health

I've been struggling with knowing that
 I know
 that I know
that I know
that I'm following God's path here.
{are you tracking with me and that sentence???}

His SILENCE is overwhelming and LOUD sometimes
and it makes me question if I'm really hearing Him right.
Is He really drawing me
 to silence
to stillness
to complete trust
to wait

And for some reason I just need reassurance from time to time that I am hearing Him correctly.
And He is THAT good 
that He finds time to remind me that while He is 
patient
longstanding 
unruffled 
laid back
SILENT
in BIG things
He is PRESENT in the small...
{Which is His gift to me...His reminder that He still ministers to me along the path of solitude}

So here's His reminder for today...

I happen to be in possession of my grandmother's copy of "Streams in the Desert"
{Apparently my grandmother bought it for HER mother in 1951}

Anywho...I read it occasionally, but not daily.
If you are not familiar with the book, it was written in 1925 by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman.
Which, translated means- it's in Old English language and I am a fan.

SO, this morning I walked past this book and deep in my spirit felt compelled to pick it up and read it.
But I didn't, I walked right passed.
A second time I walked past the book and very distinctly felt the impression that I needed to 
stop walking and read.

And it's not a coincidence that this is what it said...

"Did you ever hear of any one being much used for Christ who did not have some special waiting time, 
some complete upset of all his or her plans first...
God's love being unchangeable, He is just as loving when we do not see or feel His love.  Also His love and His sovereignty are co-equal and universal;
so He withholds the enjoyment and conscious progress because He knows best what will really ripen and further His work in us....

I laid it down in silence,
This work of mine,
And took what had been sent me-
a resting time.
The Master's voice had called me
to rest apart;
Apart with Jesus only
Echoed my heart.
I took the rest and stillness 
From His own Hand,
and felt this present illness
wast what He planned.
How often we choose labor,
when He says, "REST"
our ways are blind and crooked
His way is best....
There is a blessed resting
in lying still
In letting His hand mould us,
just as He will.
His work must be completed.
His lesson set;
He is the higher Workman:
Do not forget!
....
God provides resting places as well as working places.  
Rest, then, and be thankful
when He brings you, 
wearied to a wayside well."

Somehow the Sovereign hand of God knew that on this day
April 13th, 2011
I would need the healing balm of these words...
And somehow, way beyond my understanding,
His hand guided another's, back in 1925,
to speak these words for me
today
from Him.

I LOVE HOW HE LOVES....
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2 comments:

Mrs.Rabe said...

Terri,

Thank you for sharing this beautiful way that God showed you HIS love for you!

I am going to read it over and over!

Deanna

Just a little something from Judy said...

Today I have extra time and I spent some of that visiting back over your last six posts. Your heart and ability to share that heart is so admirable in my book. I like how you share C.S.Lewis and the wise quotes he shared in life. I like your honesty, your loving mother's heart, and your eye for the beautiful. It has been inspiring and uplifting to be here with you. I hope you keep posting. I am sure God is using you in ways that you are not aware of. I am an example of that.

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