I kneeled beside a bed that wasn’t mine. Contemplation seemed like too much work. I put on my headphones, finding the words needed yet I couldn’t speak. Leaning my forehead against the covers I waited. Slowly the notes began playing my life. A reality I had learned, I wasn’t alone to feel like this. My smoke signals went up in worship. There was nothing more to do but linger for a while.
(Message) Isa 26:8-9a We’re in no hurry, GOD. We’re content to linger in the path sign-posted with your decisions. Who you are and what you’ve done are all we’ll ever want. Through the night my soul longs for you. Deep from within me my spirit reaches out to you.
I was looking at my friend across the room. She doesn’t know how I’ve watched her. She doesn’t know the number of times I have thought about her. She doesn’t know when I’ve prayed for her. A lyric plays in my mind,“I woke up in love this morning”, from some old song. She is the epitome of that very thought! She literally seems to have awakened from a slumber so in love she glows.
Her smile lights up the rooms she steps into. Her hugs break down every wall of discomfort. She is genuine. She is unique. She is walking love released upon the world.
“dying is easy, it’s living that scares me”*
Provoking thought! I wanted to define what this meant. I realized however it’s not for me to define a thing. This provocation is different for everyone.
* Lyrics from Cold by Annie Lennox
Encouragement is such a great thing to receive, especially as children. We live in a generation where damage to self-esteem has dug deep wells in most people. Sadly many cannot get out of these wells because they don’t have family or friends offering ropes of deliverance.
What could you be if encouraged enough to come out of your well of depression, sadness, loneliness or boredom? What might someone else become if you took the time to help them climb from the depths of a deep well? A well where they have been so long as to forget talents and dreams; a well where they forget what it’s like to be loved and enjoyed?
What could be built into one another if we took the time to offer ropes of encouragement? I often see native artwork of tiny rope strands intertwined into hoops. They are called “dream catchers”. Spiritually they represent a counterfeit to truth. It’s our love for each other that make the strands. Our intertwined love captures the real dream of us all by encouraging each of us to be who we were born to be.
I kept turning the gemstone over and over in my hand. My phones had been ringing off the hook, my email was pinging at me for an answer and I had a knock on the office door. So many wanted attention. What could I possibly give any of them? Inwardly I pressed down the desire to run away. One by one I began to address each, never letting go of the gem in my hand. It was a promise I needed to hold onto.
The busyness eventually settled down and I could be alone again. I picked up the gem looking at all its facets. It felt solid in my hand and I loved how it refracted light. I sighed at the peace it brought me. To know this is exactly how my Father sees me; a treasure and precious gem. Even in the middle of feeling like I have nothing to offer, He sees my beauty and keeps asking me to share it with others.
Tuck me away into the depths of Your heart. Enjoy me openly, but save me most to enjoy apart and separated. Let your private laughter tickle my ears. Share Your secrets, let me relish in keeping them. Let me touch the wounds of Your heart, but first give me the strength it will take to feel them.
He sits in the crowd
Waiting for the hour to come
He searches each face
Looking for love
Waiting for the hour to come
He rises high above them
High above them
He says look at me
Won’t you see
The hour that has to come
The north winds pushed hard against me, chilling and hurting my exposed face. It was difficult to focus my eyes upon the promises, but determinedly I looked into them once more. I wandered my hidden garden, seeing plants yet to bloom. Their buds were still in protective coverings of branches, bushes and soils. I walked the generous grounds being careful not to step too quickly. I would not overlook any measure of my inheritance. Here and there I stopped to caress the seeds planted from my heart, blowing warm breath upon them. I hummed the song again.
Making my way to the center of this secret place, I came to rest. Lying down, I wrapped myself into the warm folds of His love, waiting. I knew the south winds would come to blow upon my garden; that its spices would flow out. My beloved would come to His garden and eat its pleasant fruits.
Inspired by Nancy King
She stood at the water’s edge hearing the rush of the current tickle at the rocks. The sun had begun its ascent into the dark sky bringing forth rays of light. The water now had a silvery reflection. Its sound was steady and soothing. She had waited here throughout the night, allowing the preparations to her heart.
Letting the white robe fall from her shoulders, she could feel the sun begin to caress her skin. Slowly she began to step into the cool liquid. Her feet could feel sand and rocks but there were no sharp edges which made her footing easy enough. Tears dropped from her cheeks joining themselves to the body of water. When the depth of it had reached her shoulders she leaned back to feel her long hair being pulled into the current.
Taking a deep breath she let herself be pulled completely off her feet, floating in the powerful stream. Love flooded her heart. She spread her arms out from her sides letting her fingertips tap upon the water’s surface. She had waited all her life for the courage to give herself over to this journey. Smiling, she closed her eyes. Now she was ready to go wherever the river would take her.
The great hope within longed for inspiration. She was starving for goodness and sought among the people, like hearts to move in kindness. Mercy needed a voice to shout from the rooftops so all could hear and come nearer for its truth. Darkness kept trying to move closer but the brilliant light invaded its space. Shadows could not hide and were exposed, disappearing. Her beating heart felt as though it might leap from her chest. With searching eyes she looked outward. The needs were great but He was greater. It was time to declare her witness. It was time to die for the multitude.