LORD, thank you for taking residence in my heart and soul and for never giving up on me even when I weaken and am tempted to give up on myself! Strengthen me to see beyond the darkness where there is Light and to shine Your light on those whom you place in my path. Your glory IS my joy now and always! AMEN
Images of Grace and Glory!
Copyright 2003-2016 Martha L Shaw
Life is filled with challenges and during times of extreme challenge, loud noise, and darkness nearly everywhere, I find the need to use everything I’ve got to find symbolic reminders of the presence of the Lord with me. Window trim can resemble a cross . . . flowers become kisses from God, the shape of a triangle brings thoughts of the Holy Trinity – Father Son, and Holy Spirit. I think this is why I, one who tries not to be confined to a mold or form, find the Nonet poetry form so appealing:
Glory – A Nonet
The house has suddenly grown quiet.
It seems at last the storm has gone.
Dark clouds of despair faded.
The puddles in their wake
Sparkle like the sun
And so do I.
By Martha L Shaw – © 7-25-2013
Gloom and glory go hand in hand. Have you noticed? It is midday where I sit yet the sun in just now beginning to shine outside my window. As I approach the lamp and snap it off finally, I see more than a colorful lampshade.
- I see reflected glory.
- I see patriotism.
- I see Christian love.
- I see friendship.
My pretty lamp was a gift from a friend as she packed up her home and prepared for deployment. She is in the military. At any moment she can be sent to the center of a war-torn part of the world where she will serve willingly, lead and protect others, live surrounded by death, dying, and destruction. Yet, my friend presents a calm spirit in the face of it all. She sees life as full of beauty and color. So, on this gloomy day, do I. Thanks Lynn!
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19 The sun will no more be your light by day,
nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
I love this quote. It is restoring and life-giving to me, for I do feel blessed by the brightness of sun and moon and all His creation but during times of challenge, distress, and hurt I can still come to see His brightness where there is no sunshine bright enough to lift me up. He always can and does!
I’m thinking about the lame man who hung out by the pool of healing waters for nearly 40 years until Jesus came along. Did he not want to be well? I’ve often thought perhaps he enjoyed the pity he must have received. I don’t think that way anymore. First of all, after all that time lying around by the pool, likely nobody noticed him there anymore. That’s not all though.
It seems to me that inching toward the pool, which might well have worked for him, probably didn’t make sense. We do seem to crave “sensible” things in life and I think we expect blessings to fit that same pattern, so when the Lord sends us his angels and other messengers and when He nudges us, speaks to our hearts and the like, we can perhaps think that what we’re hearing can’t possibly be right. “It makes no sense.” Possibly not. Don’t let that stop you, though.
Much of my life in the last few years hasn’t made any sense and much of it still doesn’t, but at the same time I have to say I feel more blessed than I ever have. I have come to know that grace is being poured over and through me always – if I quit over thinking and let my heart be broken into bits so that He can fill it and make it His own.
Most of the things I was initially shocked at but tried anyway turned out to be AMAZING. Yes, sometimes I wanted a quick fix, an instant miracle, a certain shiny new toy. If I got a slight and incomplete repair, toy that wasn’t on my list, or an opportunity that seemed REALLY meant for someone else, and if I accepted these gifts anyway, I found He was perfect and through Him I was enabled. I also learned more about my heart.
You see, He knows my heart better than I do. Know what else? He can make it grow, make it change, make me grow and make me change. You can’t do that. I can’t do that. He can. I’ve been that man by the side of the pool. Maybe you have too. When a toy comes your way that’s not on your list . . . when a blessing comes your way that doesn’t make sense . . . try it. Take it.
The whole concept of “making sense” is so overrated. I’m no longer willing to settle for it. The Lord my God is so much bigger than I ever allowed Him to be. His blessings are amazing! They turn up in places and on faces that you may never have thought to look. Try it! Say yes! What have you got to lose? Not sure about you, but my plan wasn’t really working as well as I’d expected, so I took a chance on Him. I’m not turning back!