More of God's instructions to me. (Nov.24-Dec. 18, 2016)
Hymn-writer Frances Havergal (1836-1879), knew what it was to suffer prolonged illness and intense pain. She wrote,"I longed to be able to pray but found I was too weak...I only looked up and said, 'Lord Jesus, I am so tired!' And then He brought to my mind, 'rest in the Lord,' with its lovely marginal reading 'be silent to the Lord.' And so I just was silent to Him. And He seemed to overflow me with perfect peace, in the sense of His own perfect love."
A verse of one of her hymns says,
"I am not eager, bold, or strong,
All that is past;
I'm ready not to do,
At last, at last."
I want this attitude of heart - to be still, silent, and ready NOT to do.
Another favorite hymn says, "Content to fill a little space, if Thou be glorified."
And I want to be able to sincerely say, with Havergal, "That He could make me quite as glad and willing to live and suffer, as to go straight away to heaven."
Friends, please pray for me, not that I would understand all that is happening, but that I would be still, resting in His perfect wisdom and goodness, and patient with His timing.
24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.