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Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.
There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
~ Romans 5:3-4
Isn’t this beautiful? the contrast of the rising flames against the varied color blues for sky and sea or whatever thoughts are drawn from its viewing. We pay little attention to the lead, or foil or copper that holds the glass in place. We do pay attention to the light and its effect on the glass at different times of day.
Note that the pattern pieces here are not even. Each jagged or uneven piece adds to the uniqueness of the whole picture, but when you see the piece separate from the window, it is hard to imagine just how it is going to fit together. The panels have to be cut, using special oil on the cutting tool, they are cut from the bottom of the glass up, burnished, wrapped with copper foil, soldered and eventually, pieced together.
And so it is with the trials, temptations, troubles, brokenness. We cannot see where they fit in the prayers of our lives, we cannot know just where the Lord is going to shine through. We don’t always get to see what we look like when the light is shining through us, we just know we were placed in a particular spot for God’s purposes.
Today, as you find the broken pieces, decry the grindstone as it runs up against the rough edges, praise God for the light that is shining through, praise God for the solder, the foil, the flux that holds it all together, that it will form a complete picture that reflects God’s glory.
Because of Him,
God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!
~ Ephesians 3:20-21
A friend of mine used to say that God was so much more willing to help us than we are willing to ask. This goes for just about everything. I have been plagued with what I thought was a friendship for most of my adult life. Subsequently, I missed out on what a healthy friendship looks like. There are many I love, but have not reciprocated their invitations with invites of my own. I judge myself before I even give them the opportunity, or, worse, I judge what I believe they will think of me once they have been to my home. All of this based primarily upon a life time of a disappointing “best friend.”
After reading the advice by Mary Oliver, a treasured poet and a practical one as well, I believe I have passed the holding on by about three decades. Today, I believe I will write a litany of letting go for this friendship that shaped my life and ways of looking at friendship. I am so thankful for some precious sisters in Christ who show me the love of God with every glance, with every action, even if we cannot see each other always.
Today, consider beginning to let go of that thing or person that holds you back. And don’t forget to ask God for help.
Because of Him,
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!