Thursday, August 30, 2012
As I began reading this chapter, I noticed a note in the margin from many years ago that simply listed a friend's name. This short passage of scripture (v.28-30) had been a significant passage for him and I remember noting that during a bible study once. So every time I see it, I think of that guy. Why was it so significant? What had happened in his life that drew him to these verses? As I reflect on the last several months in my own life, the words "weary" and "burdened" seem to resonate pretty strongly. Weary - physical or mental tiredness or exhaustion. Burdened - weighed down emotionally, stressed or worried. Ding, ding, ding...we have a winner! This describes how I feel and have been feeling recently. So what to do about it? "Come to me" says Jesus "and I will give you rest". The reference in my Bible for "rest" takes me back to Exodus 33. Moses had experienced the presence and glory of the Almighty God. Only in His presence do we find true rest. Same thing Jesus says. Do you think maybe there's a pattern here? And as Moses entered the tent and experienced the awesome presence of the Holy God, his face lit up and all the people could tell. His experience with God brought indescribable peace and rest... and others noticed. How long has it been since I rested in the presence of Jesus, took on His yoke rather than my own, and learned from Him in the gentleness that He promises...oh, and experienced true rest?? Well, that's too long. May I crave the presence of Jesus more each day and rest in His presence fully!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
In all honesty, the last week has been emotionally and spiritually challenging for me. Yesterday morning, however, I grabbed by preaching Bible, opened it up to the place where I last used it (Ps 139) and read Ps 138, since I hadn’t stopped to read it at anytime while preparing for Ps 139….and these words hit me.
“I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart…for your love and faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your Word….When I called, you answered me…Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly…though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life…the LORD will fulfill his purpose for me, your love, O LORD, endures forever…do not abandon the works of your hands.”
And I was reminded last night of how God has brought some incredible people into the life of Grandview. I wish I could predict the future and comfort the anxiety and discouragement that I have felt, but I can’t. I CAN choose how to respond to the challenge before us…and honestly, if you would’ve asked me two days ago, my response would be different than it is right now. This morning, my prayer is that God would continue to show me how faithful he is…and that despite what happens in a year from now, He is preparing me for something useful in His kingdom.
God loves me and has a purpose for me....Thank You Lord!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
In a few weeks, my kids return to school. My daily schedule will change somewhat, which I'm hoping will allow for more reflection time each day. I will also start another seminary class, just one this time. But again, I hold out for the hope that one day, I will finish, Lord willing.