Because He has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known my name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
“I’m tired, so tired, so exhausted and I want someone to take my place…” Those were the words of my little lady friend that I visit in the Nursing home. She said this with her eyes closed while lying in bed. She then murmured that she was in a lot of pain. I know this lady and the way that she “controls” her suffering is to “get quiet before the Lord” as she calls it. Through her years of great success as well as much suffering, she once told me that when times get really rough, she learned to hide in the Lord, to take a silent stand in her spirit and allow Him to speak to her. I know that is what she is doing on this day, a day when she is suffering so much pain in her body.
I feel helpless, as she lies silently with her eyes closed, every now and then murmuring some intelligible words. So I reach for her Bible and begin to read Psalms 91 aloud. When I get to verse 14 where King David declares that because he KNOWS God's name then God know's him and his needs, she recites along with me and then whispers “that is important, HE knows who WE are, He knows even our frame”. Even in her suffering she recalled the Word of God from memory and remembered that He has not forgotten her, even in this present state.
As I look around her room, I see pictures of her when she was young, with her baby son in her lap. She is smiling brilliantly right into the camera. A happier, healthier time frozen in this snapshot. I wonder when that picture was taken did she savor that moment? As she held her then baby son, did she glean every bit of joy and happiness from just holding his little body? Judging by the smile on her face, I would say yes.
And then a strong feeling came over me, that I should enjoy and savor each joyful moment that God blesses me to experience. When that picture was taken of my friend almost 50 years ago, she was not thinking of herself lying in a nursing home in tremendous pain, I doubt if the thought even came to her mind. But instead she savored that present moment and was thankful for all the joy that came with it.
Isn’t that what we should do? None of us knows what tomorrow or for that matter what the next moment may bring. Shouldn’t we be grateful and enjoy the good times that God brings to our lives. There is no time for bickering or unforgiveness among ourselves. No time for holding grudges and not speaking to one another! It’s time to love, forgive and revel in the joy God brings to us!
When I look at my little friend who is in her 80’s, I recall how she enjoyed her life, traveling all over writing and performing gospel music. I believe she made each moment count; she enjoyed the good times and thanked God for them. Though I met her later in her life, she was and is a blessing to me. I have learned unforgettable things from her. I am learning from her even now that… He knows me because I know His name; and we should enjoy the life God has blessed us with!
Friday, March 25, 2011
"...rest for your soul." Yes, that is something that I confess I need quite often. The cares of life, at the end of the day will bring one to that point. Either you can continue to try and carry the situations in your life that weigh heavily on you, or you can choose to say "Okay Lord, it's too much...here take it."
I have learned that as I have gotten older and more mature in my walk with the Lord, I am less willing to try and hold on and be the problem solver. I KNOW that I can't walk this journey alone, so by the end of the the day I quickly shed the "weight" and gladly give it to Him.
I am learning to really enjoy the things I like doing. I believe that each of us have a special gift, hobby, talent if you will and God gave it to us so that we can have "rest" for our souls. For instance I LOVE to read good books, it relaxes me and takes me to places that I enjoy "seeing" and experiencing. Even as a child growing up, both my parents encouraged us to love books. My mother loved reading and would read to me as well; and my father who worked at a Paper Mill, would "rescue" books, sometimes classics in great condition from the refuse pile. He would proudly bring home his "treasures" to us, and I would devour every one. We had a bookshelf in our home filled with such books. I learned at an early age that I could "visit" Victorian England, Prince Edward Island ,Canada and even Mythical Mt. Olympus from the comfort of my home,any time I wanted, just by reading a book.
I loved going to the library. Call me crazy, but there is something about walking into a library and getting a good smell of books...it makes me relax and have... rest for my soul. I have had an ongoing relationship with the public library, even as a kid going there and sitting in the aisle with a book, made me feel... rest for my soul.
I thank God for taking my yoke and carrying it when it is too much for me. He is so faithful to be my burden bearer over and over again. I also thank Him for helping me to learn to relax in Him by taking time to enjoy the things that give... rest to my soul.
What do you enjoy doing? Is it reading, gardening, knitting...? Make sure you take time in your day to get "rest for your soul".
Monday, March 7, 2011
" To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven..."
It's comin'...it's comin'!!!!!!!!!! We've had only little hints of it over the past week, but I can feel it in the air! After all the snow that we had over the winter, I think that there are lots of us chomping at the bit to get on with the next season.
I have begun to look at my spring decorations with longing. Going in the garage looking in the bin of silk flowers and even in the large drawer in the dining room where I keep my ceramic eggs and rabbits in an array of pastel colors. I promise that they will soon be released to come out soon.
After the sometimes barreness of winter, there is something so special about the renewal of spring. It is so fitting that the celebration of Christ's resurrection would come during spring. His resurrection was evidence that there IS renewal. It proves that we CAN have a new life, both here on earth and in heaven. The celebration of the Resurrection brings Hope, hope that where there once was darkness, now there is light!
Thank You Lord for the Resurrection! And thank You for giving us a Spring season that testifies to the world that we Can have new life!