Posts Tagged ‘heart’

Digging Deeper

Life is crazy. Seasons come and go, and even when anticipated, you never can expect all that unfolds. Some takes you higher, lifting your gaze beyond what you have seen before. Your heart soars with visions of brilliance that cannot be described with words. At other times, you are plunged into the depths of the valley seasons, far deeper than imagined. There, the darkness seems to take on a weight that presses on you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Questions that were dormant now spring to life bringing internal controversy with  yourself and the Lord.

While certainly not over, these past few seasons have dramatically affected me. More importantly than all the shaking though, is my resolve to understand and receive the manner by which the Lord is walking with me in this season. It is unlike any season I have traveled, and yet, His presence remains. Slowly, yet with increasing clarity, I am coming to see the Lord with fresh eyes and with a deepening hope of His greatness and love that surpasses any and every event and circumstance of my life. I’m left with only gratefulness to offer Him, as all else pales in comparison. Ever deeper the Holy Spirit continues to dig in my heart to further enlarge the place of God’s dwelling within me. For that, I am humbled and undone. Thank You Jesus!

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Unpredictable and mysterious, desert experiences come as differently as the seasonal winds shift the sand designs upon its floor. Questions abound more than answers, and even when we think we understand, the unfolding of time provides insights we could have never known. However, for most of them, these times in our lives transport us to similar surroundings – dusty, dry conditions that expose our superficial securities. They are not easy paths, and probably not meant to be. Yet, they can be incredibly life-altering where our hearts become sensitive to that around us which has seemed invisible.

When living in the midst of the desert, the aloneness can become overwhelming. Acutely aware of our circumstances, we search for companionship to share the experience as well as for promises to sustain us. While most of the time humanity remains at a distance, there is a discovery that awaits us.

The Old Testament King David shares an amazing promise for our journey during these times…

“Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, whose name is the Lord and exult before Him.” Psalm 68:4, NASB (emphasis mine)

We are not alone in our “desert” times. The Lord Himself comes to the very place we find ourselves. Whether we’ve come because of our choice or not, He becomes our company and our promise. His presence sustains and nourishes our heart, gives direction to our wanderings, and serves as the final answer for drawing goodness from our experience. The desert times are mostly about deeper union with Him. Despite what we may see around us, He who shares our road as we pass through these times of parchedness makes all the difference.

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Living in Wonder

Our hearts were made for wonder. The vitality and freshness of life we experience has much to do with the wonder that captures us. And wonder dwells in the largeness of life relative to our own understanding. We like to think that increased knowledge brings expectant life. But in reality, when we are amazed beyond our knowing, our gaze is directed to author of all life.

What about the wonder that surrounds us? A day never passes without it. The question is do we see it? Do we stop long enough to be consumed by the wealth of wonder of our lives? Consider the following wonders…

The reddening streaks upon wispy clouds as the sun sets;

The perfect formation of a v-shaped flock of geese soaring high in the sky;

The contagious laughter of young children playing together;

The sound of our own breathing, methodical and life-giving;

The deep peace of stillness;

The way of a hummingbird alighting and drinking the nectar of its passion;

The vibrancy of infinite color that fills our world;

The gripping power of a great story;

The emergence of a new life being born;

The raw power of thunderous storms with pounding rain;

And the list goes on…

Hope and strength mingle with wonder to arrest our hearts for He who gave us life. Every thought of God’s heart exudes wonder, and the greatest wonder of all comes in His desire to share them with us. His knock comes faithfully each day upon our heart’s door waiting for our invitation. As we invite Him in, heaven’s atmosphere of wonder changes everything.

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