It is not to know what to do, but strength to do it, knowing.
~ Muriel Strode
That’s why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!
~ Ephesians 1:18
I am watching a dear friend in the throes of a decision that, ultimately, is the healthiest choice she can make. It will preserve her sanity, improve her health, give her strength. She has a short period of time before this decision is made manifest. And that is just where the testing is. Constantly being asked to do more than she can imagine, and yet, knowing what she has already set in motion.
Looking at her, I see my own path. Difficult decision, ultimate health improvement, sanity preserved…and there is that period of time I am calling “the testing.” Where Satan does his best stuff to distract, dissuade, de-rail.
I chose this passage because I love the language of today where Eugene Petersen “translates”: “to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do…” It is my prayer for my friend, it is my prayer for myself, it is my prayer for you.
Listen for the seagull while you keep your eye on the horizon. God will bring you in, safe, sound, sure.
Lord, bring me in to your harbor, where you will give me rest. Help me to rejoice in the sounds of seagulls, for I know the shore is near.
Give me strength to finish strong.
Because of Him,
“In city, in suburb, in forest, no way to stretch out the arms — so if you would grow,go straight up or deep down.”
insight into life from knowing a Holy God.
It’s through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens,
and the years of your life ripen.
Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life;
mock life and life will mock you.