This is a stained glass window that I made to remind myself of the promise from Psalm 23: He restores my soul.
PS: I had forgotten that Mishka was ever so small <grin>
My thought for today is from the book Defiant Joy by Stasi Eldredge. Sometimes it is such an encouraging thought to know that I am wrong.
Too often I run away from my own heart out of refusal to engage it. It takes energy and space to become present to the truth of my inner world, and when I am overwhelmed, the thought of such activity is, well, overwhelming.
It’s overwhelming, anyway, until it can no longer be ignored because God places a roadblock in my path that forces me to face the fact that I am in need of a Savior. I get to the place where I am pressed to accept my own weakness, and it causes me to hold my life and heart open before the merciful eyes of a loving Father. It draws me up short to see where I fall short in my own strivings so that I may once again discover the source of my identity, which is found right where I am, smack-dab in the middle of God’s loving gaze.
God calls us to run away to Him, not from Him. He asks us to not fix our gaze on other people’s lives and compare them to our own but to look to Him for the source of our worthy life. He asks us to find our rest in Him. He is our resting place. When I am exhausted, the temptation is to turn from God, thinking that He requires more from me than I have to give. I may believe I need to muster some passion from a dry well and focus on improving my performance. I may think I need to pull myself up by my bootstraps when I’m too tired to put my shoes on. I am wrong.Stasi Eldrege – Defiant Joy
So I’ve been fighting a migraine all day, which gives a person plenty of time to think while trying to take your mind off the blinding pain…at least until the prescriptions knock you out. So I didn’t do any creating, but this is the word that I’ve been dialoguing with Jesus about today. Trust
In fact this may be the word that I have spent the most time dialoguing with Jesus about over the course of my life. I like the image above, but it is the flowery version. I think I experience trust as something much grittier, like an “all in” cliff diving type of image. I have a board of Pinterest that gives me some visual reminders.
When I started thinking about somewhere distant I could hear the lyrics of Rich Mullins in my head…”the other side of the world is not so far away.”
Maybe it comes with age, technology and travel, but no place seems particularly distant anymore. The one thing that feels distant to me is the new heaven and new earth. I long for that kingdom with every fiber of my being, but sometimes it feels so very far away.
And then again, it also feels close. I see God at work, redeeming, restoring, making new, and suddenly I remember that the kingdom is coming every day. It is close. It is right around every corner. It is as certain as spring after a long winter season.
So I decided to make yesterday’s post and today’s post a combination.
If you haven’t been following along the blog thus far, the main idea in these posts is that I’m taking time each day during Lent to slow myself down by reflecting on and creatively responding to a theme.
I’m pretty much always going to choose someplace cold over someplace warm, unless that someplace warm is cuddling under a blanket, in front of a roaring fire drinking hot chocolate and watching the snow fall outside. But, since I don’t have a fireplace handy for a photo op I’ll let Thailand serve as my someplace warm. Though in truth I think of Thailand as someplace ridiculously hot and not just “warm”.
Isn’t it great that God is creative and has made such diversity? I know a lot of people who prefer warm climates to cold ones. There is beauty in that uniqueness.