“But I trust in You, O Lord; I say, You are my God. My times are in Your Hand…” Psalm 31: 14-1
Greetings Dear Readers,
The grandfather clock that has graced our family for decades is ticking again, filling this new home with its comforting and familiar presence. It had lost its delicate balance in a move that recently took place in my life. What a joy to hear its beautiful chimes after several weeks of an odd empty silence. It’s amazing how loud silence can seem…forcing attention…inviting a pause…suggesting a sabbath to adjust.
Major change does require adjustment.
I’ve been pondering what that must have meant for Jesus’ loved ones and followers. Those three days and nights while He was in the tomb surely were the loudest yet most silent of times…the longest of Sabbaths. These weeks, my devotions have been focused on what it must have been like for them after Resurrection morning. I’ve lingered over those encounters…each filled with joy, bewilderment, wonderment, incredulousness, hope…yes…and adjustment.
Jesus was different as He spoke with Mary Magdalene in the garden, as He spent time with those on the Emmaus walk and meal, with those who touched Him and broke bread with Him in the upper room appearances, and with the disciples having breakfast with Him on the Galilee beach. I’ve been wondering what that must have been like for them.
I’ve also been wondering if Jesus sought out His mom. The Scriptures are silent but oh my…! If He did, what was that like for her?
And perhaps my favorite meditation has been His appearance to broken, weeping Simon who had betrayed Him. We know it happened for the Gospel attests to it:
“…The Lord has risen indeed, and appeared to Simon!” ( Luke 24:34)
Pondering how incredible that restoration must have been, I remembered times when I had experienced the Lord’s amazing love and forgiveness, and thankfulness flooded my soul.
As I’m writing this I can hear my grandfather clock ticking. An exciting new season has begun in my life. Balance has been restored and new rhythms are in place. Things seem back to normal…yet everything is different.
For the disciples, Jesus had risen from the dead just as He promised. But life certainly wasn’t back to “normal” after the silence of the grave.
How about you? Are you adjusting to any new normals or are you in a season of silence?
Where is Jesus in your life? How are you encountering Him? Remember, you may not recognize Him until He opens your eyes. Enter into His stillness and wait upon Him. Balance will be restored. The clock will start ticking again. He will lead the way.
It’s so good to be back! I’ve missed you all!
Speed and the expectation of instant results have become so normal in our culture, we think nothing of it any more. In fact, we can often be found rushing ahead of even our own selves. Let me ask you a question. How many times today…just today…have you rushed to complete a task or a project only to have to wait, because the process couldn’t keep up with you? I thought about that as I stood impatiently next to my little home printer… WAITING for it to process the “print” command I had just given. Yes, I did burst out laughing.
Seriously though, there’s another whole dimension to this. When I hit the print key on my laptop while sitting in the living-room, there was no doubt in my mind that the document would print in the office. I only had to walk the few steps necessary in order to retrieve it. I was acting on a reality that was not yet actual. There’s a word for that and an illustration of it in Luke 17:11-16. The word is prolepses, and in that passage Jesus commanded ten men to act proleptically.
“On the way to Jerusalem, He was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ When He saw them, He said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were cleansed.”
In response to their cries for mercy, Jesus told them to do something outlandish. He told them to go and present themselves to the priests in order to be declared clean (Leviticus 14:2-4)…even though they must certainly have still born witness to the raw soars on their bodies.
What would I have done in that circumstance, in that time, in that culture? What would you have done?
The ten lepers were healed as they went. What was that like? Did they notice any change before they got to the priests? Then, how did they react? What would I have done? What would you have done?
“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.”
Dear readers, is anything happening in your spiritual life right now in which the Lord is asking you to act proleptically? Are you being asked to act on a reality that is not yet actual? Or…have you ever been the recipient of such a gift from God? If so were you the one who turned back, praising Him, and falling at His feet?
Lots to think about the next time you hit the “print” button on your computer.
God bless you,
P.S. I stood waiting at my printer numerous times while the book, “Traveling Through Menopause: What’s God Got To Do With It?” was in progress. Check it out on the Surviving Menopause tab of this website; or click the following links and order directly from amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com (click here for nook book).
(Thank you, Gary Hoag, generositymonk.com, for introducing me to the word prolepses in the context of this parable. See generositymonk.com/meditations, August 23, 2018.)
It’s hard to believe that the first week of August is over and we have rounded the bend heading into the Fall season. Even as I write this I am sensing the change in the atmosphere as advertisers and merchants ramp up for the school days ahead. I’m actually feeling pressured in an abstract sort of way. Are you?
Awhile back we offered a wonderful incentive for new website viewers entitled “Seize the Time.” Because this resource may be a help in staying peaceful and unhurried in the days ahead, we are now making it available to anyone who would like to check it out. Just hit the tab below and remember the beautiful words of encouragement in Psalm 31: 14-15:
But I trust in You, O Lord; I say, You are my God. My times are in Your hand …”
Also, the book “Traveling Through Menopause: What’s God Got To Do With It” is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites. If you, or someone you know is starting on this journey it may be a great way to fill some of that time you’ll be seizing. Oh, and if you found it helpful, please write a comment for others to be encouraged.
Do enjoy the rest of your summer and God bless you!
Hi Dear Friends!
It has been awhile since we’ve talked and I’ve missed you all. I just made a fresh jug of iced tea and placed it in the refrigerator. Would you like some?
Keeping iced tea on hand has long been a labor of love for me and has always served well in making friends and guests feel welcomed in our home. I’m smiling as I remember times when those dropping by would not even wait for the offer, but would simply ask, “Any iced tea made?” This was especially true during the warm spring and summer months. So fun!
Our version of that hospitality has always been unsweetened decaff tea and fresh lemon. Very simple! However, the vital secret of that flavor being released is in the boiling water. It must be poured directly over the black leaves and sliced lemon…and left to steep.
Our lives are “kinda” like that, you know. So much of what we’re struggling with seems complex and difficult, but the answers are often simple. They’re found in the release of God’s work in our hearts. Yet, often this can only take place when some of His “heat” is poured over our lives and our response is simply to wait.
I’ve told a story of a personal life-season like that in my new book: Traveling Through Menopause: What’s God Got To Do With It? If you’re a woman in your mid-thirties or older and noticing some changes in your thinking or body that you don’t understand, you may find answers in this read. Did you know that peri-menopause actually begins in a woman’s life around age thirty-five?
The book is very conversational and for sure, informational and encouraging. Do check it out on the above tab…or go directly to Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Meanwhile, is there a pitcher of iced tea in your refrigerator?
“Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation;
I wait for You all the day long.” Psalm 25:5
Lately the chorus of a wonderful little hymn has been resounding in my spirit:
Spring up, O well, within my soul.
Spring up, O well, and make me whole.
Spring up, O well, and give to me
That life abundantly.
A few blogs ago we talked about Gerar and the unstopping of the well of “open spaces.” I hope that had meaning for you. In my life it has meant the release of joy…with fresh energizing from God’s Word. This has been especially true in my morning devotions and the significant time I generally spend in the Psalms.
Often my “routine” has taken me to a familiar and reverent read of the “five Psalms of the day”… by date. (For example: on June 1 I’ll be reading Psalm 1, Psalm 31, Psalm 61, Psalm 91, and Psalm 121; …on June 5 it will be Palm 5, Psalm 35, Psalm 65, Psalm 95 and Psalm 125,….. etc).
More often, I may begin there, but sense an invitation from the Lord to camp out in one particular Psalm.
Most often,…. I’ll find myself landing in favorite Psalms, and spending time digging deeper.
Lately, I’ve been drawn to Psalm 119,….with its beautiful acrostic verses filled with wisdom and high worship. This is a song almost certainly composed by David. The 176 verses are divided into 8-verse sections, arranged according to the order of the Hebrew alphabet. Consequently there are twenty-two, 8-verse stanzas, each beginning with the corresponding twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
Further…nearly every verse contains one of eight words for God’s revelation:
For those of us who rejoice in God’s high order of creation and revelation, this Psalm provides incredible depths for mining and heights of pure worship.
Writing now, I have been paused on verse 18: “Open my eyes so that I may contemplate wonderful things from your instruction” (HCSB).
Having dinner with the disciples after His Resurrection, Jesus said to them: “…These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you - that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled. Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.’” Luke 24:44-45 HCSB
This Pentecost, may your eyes and your mind be opened to be made whole. May your response be a geyser of abundant joy.
Spring up O well…
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