My, how long it has been since I have written on this blog…or anywhere, for that matter! What have I been doing with my time? Well, I have been living. Living and mourning the fact that the flow of words was clogged.
It has been a time of transition, not unlike all fragments of time, I suppose. But, my stubborn, soulish self has fought for a routine that no longer exists. I have learned, in greater detail, that to hold onto the blessings of the past stimies the embrace of God’s promised newness.
My beloved Creator has beckoned me to stop searching for descriptions of His goodness for a season, in order to EXPERIENCE His goodness in new ways. Simply put, He has said to my spirit, “Stop talking. Stop writing. I want to bless you some more.”
Yes, it is very possible to grab onto His blessings, holding them so tightly, that we dare not let go to grab onto the next blessing! Oh, yes, there are more, MANY more to come!
So, now, I have been released to write, once again. The peculiar thing is that I have no preconceived notion of what will come forth from it! Will I give Him praise? No doubt! Will I testify of His beautiful nature? Of course, I will! But what will be the form? And there it is…It is an adventure!
What is around the next bend in the path? Well, we will just have to take a few more steps to see!
Let me begin this new adventure by describing it with the word that God has dropped into my spirit…Jaunt (defined as “a journey for pleasure”). It appears that my Maker desires to replace my heavy steps on the path with those of delight, and I am SO ready to accept!
Without further ado, allow me to share God’s word that awaited me, as I opened my Bible this morning:
“O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up [my entire life, everything I do];
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And You are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue [still unspoken],
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And [You have] placed Your hand upon me.
Such [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high [above me], I cannot reach it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead), behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will take hold of me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me,
And the night will be the only light around me,”
Even the darkness is not dark to You and conceals nothing from You,
But the night shines as bright as the day;
Darkness and light are alike to You.
For You formed my innermost parts;
You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was being formed in secret,
And intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were appointed for me,
When as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape].
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
[a]O that You would kill the wicked, O God;
Go away from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
For they speak against You wickedly,
Your enemies take Your name in vain.
Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
I hate them with perfect and utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.
Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart;
Test me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.”
This is going to be an unforgettably JOYFUL jaunt!!!
Please, join me!