With the Sunday Community at Lisha's #GiveMeGrace
God only ordains our deep disappointment and profound suffering for the sake of far greater joy in the glory he will reveal to us. (Romans 8:18) It is crucial to remind one another of this.
Before we know what Jesus is doing, circumstances can look all wrong. And we are tempted to interpret God's apparent inaction as unloving, when in fact God is loving us in the most profound way he possibly can.
~ Jon Bloom, Not By Sight, p. 123
...waiting on Jesus is a common experience for disciples. Sometimes we wait for direction. Sometimes we're stuck in a very hard place and wait for release. Sometimes we wait to understand his purposes. Sometimes we wait for his provision.
Jesus's timing and purposes are not always clear to us, though they are always best for us. So he wants our faith resting on the rock of his Word and not on the sand of our circumstance.
When you don't understand his ways, trust his Word.
~ Jon Bloom, Not By Sight, p. 126
Life is full these days. Not overly so, but enough for me to feel the weight.
With little wiggle-room for leisure, my mornings outside on the backyard swing in the shade of the sweetgum trees are temporarily on hold, and I am content. I want to savor the sweetness this fullness brings, for I know these days are numbered.
It's imperative that I also balance this savoring with a focus on the deadlines and commitments that push leisure to the edges, but the soft morning light on the rain-soaked tickseed blooming thick along the roadside fence proves too irresistible for me to ignore.
Emily and Anna still sleep as I wander through the tall wet grass dotted with wild yellows spiked with roserush and flowering weeds until my pant legs are soaked to the knees.
These sweet full days may be numbered, but I rest in the assurance of this:
With the Sunday Community at Lisha's #GiveMeGrace...for I have learned in whatever situation I am
to be content.