We are not the same people we were a week ago: we are thinking different thoughts, nursing different wounds, carrying different concerns .
One being in existence has not changed this past week: Our Everlasting God. Can we not trust Him with our thoughts, wounds, and concerns to keep secure in the Only Steadfast Heart?
Peace over the river
Flowing in the city of God;
Peace over the heart
Resting in the love of God;
Let this Peace
Rest over my city,
Let this love flow through me.
Where does peace, true peace, come from?
It does not come from some earthly talent or strength or state--these can all be given and can be taken away. Peace lies in knowing who is Begotten--Who Always Is and Always Was and Always Will Be. Peace flows from the heart of the presence of God.
What timeless truth do you need to remind yourself of today? Run to it and stand on it. And then share it with someone else who needs to hear it too.
Psalm 46 contains such truth and has encouraged me this month with all the unrest in the world. Click here to read it.
Change is inevitable.
Change for the better is optional.
Click on the butterfly to see a live transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly.
The changing phase isn't pretty, but oh so needed for a better life.
(Introduction to the Habits of a Transforming Heart Series)
I wonder if caterpillars’ new years’ resolutions are to be the biggest and best caterpillars. They might never dream of flying. Their dreams crawl on the earth, but their Maker has a different design for them—to take them to the heavens.
My goals for this year differ little from the caterpillar. Please, Lord, just make it better than 2020. A low ask, am I right? My caterpillar goals are to get more done in less time, and be the best at my chosen work, or in the words of a caterpillar: chew the most leaves and grow the most in girth.
Sometimes I’m a super-religious caterpillar. I resolve to give out the most leaves to the less-well off caterpillars and not take as many for myself. But what if I’m content to crawl as the “most humble” caterpillar but am not looking for the crucial transformation I need to wing my way to the blue sky? What if my “doing” is holding down my “becoming?”
Maybe this new year, we can turn our vision upwards rather than horizontal. Get alone and get quiet in a cocoon with the Creator of caterpillars and butterflies. Ask Him to shed the bulging, old desires and to breathe alive the slender, strong wings of the Spirit. What if we ask the Lord of the Heavens what He wants to make of us this year – and then fly with it?
It takes much more time than a year. It would have been better if we started last year. We will certainly look and act awkward hanging there in the transition and then trying our new wings, only to fall down. But to emerge, to climb the sky at last, and to grow in grace and glorious freedom is worth every ounce of energy.
We could avoid the dying of the cocoon to keep eating and remain the merriest of caterpillars. But the crows can spot fat insects a mile away and will not spare even the kind caterpillars who would not let God transform them.
Let us surrender to God’s design and ascend to a higher view of life, a butterfly’s view. We were made for this transformation, and God will not let us go until we join Him in the wide, open sky. Let us begin.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Cor. 5:17 NKJV
- Stay tuned for more of this series in next month's
None Like Him by Jen Wilkin contemplates how our lives transform when we contemplate the ways God is utterly unlike us. It's free to instantly borrow on Hoopla if your public library sponsors it. (Here in Nova Scotia, Colchester - East Hants Public Library and Halifax Public Libraries do support Hoopla.)
in the Writing Office:
Snow days are the best writing days! Percy is growing to be a huge puppy, who takes huge naps. When the fur baby sleeps, the fur-mamma must write!