Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Beautiful Words to Remember

I am nearly done with an amazing Bible study I got to be a part of this summer with some amazing women! I highly recommend "Gideon - Your Weakness God's Strength" by Priscilla Shirer.  All I can say is that it was AMAZING!  Today, like everyday, there has at least been one truth that resonated with me.  This is the truth that struck me this morning in my quiet time:

Priscilla writes:
"Seeking God and His will must remain our constant desire and aspiration, even after we've began seeing His strength demonstrated in our lives.  Otherwise, we will be submerged beneath the momentum of human approval, momentary convenience, personal desires, or misplaced ambitions.  When the dominoes of life cave in, our level of steadiness will be equal to our fellowship with the Father.  
Consider Jesus, After all, there is no better illustration of someone staying true to the task at hand."

Mark 1:35-38 Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.  Later Simon and the others went out to find him.  When they found him, they said  "Everyone is looking for you."  But Jesus replied, "We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too.  That is why I came."

"Jesus was intent on doing the Father's will...and nothing else.  So He purposefully and faithfully sought the Father for direction, and then stayed committed to the divine purposes for which He had been sent even if it meant disappointing a crowd of people to do it."

Oh Lord, how I need you!  

Proverbs 3:5-6  "Do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take."

God has stirred this verse I memorized long ago as a child of 7 or 8 years old anew in my heart  for the past few weeks.  I know it so well, yet I am seeing it again in this season of my life with fresh eyes!  Sweetly, He is reminding me again that my dependence for EVERYTHING is in Him.

As I've pondered this, I thought of what a beautiful sight it is to behold a mother with her precious newborn baby!  She knows that her child fully relies on her and she is always near. She lovingly and readily provides for her child, even anticipating any need that could arise making preparations in advance.  She lavishes her love on the child she adores with tender kisses, touches, and gentle swaying as she rocks her beloved in her arms, speaking comfort and peace to frantic cries for help. Distance and time spent away stir a desire within her heart to be near her child.  The feeling of separation sometimes so great that she must go to her child, even when the child is sleeping, just to peer into that little face she loves so dearly.  She must be near.  Her heart compels her.  She yearns to be close. She longs for the moments she can wrap her little one tightly in her arms, right next to her heart, knowing it's rhythmic beating yields a comfort and familiarity words cannot describe.  To this tiny baby, her scent, her face, her voice, and even just her mere presence brings comfort and satisfaction.  The bond between mother and child is truly amazing!  What a beautiful sight to behold indeed!

Like a helpless baby in the arms of my beloved is where I want to be!  Where I need to be.  A place of complete and utter dependence on my Father.  I am helpless without Him.  I need only but to look upon His face, feel His presence.  Oh that I may gaze upon His beauty and delight in His sweet embrace!

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.