November 23, 2015
It's Only A Slight Pause....
In case you thought I was going to say that I'm shutting this blog down... that's not the case. I haven't received that message from the Holy Spirit yet. And besides, I feel that I have developed a very real and intimate relationship with those of you who take the time to listen to my thoughts and commentary.
I know there are not legions of you. My number of loyal readers is quite small compared to the superstars in the blogosphere. But we know, don't we, that we are connected through a Higher Power? We know that God has set us apart from the world and that we see events and people and circumstances through a different lens. We know that we were born for this time and that there is a calling upon our lives to do Kingdom work; even as we are still trying to discern what that looks like for each of us. All we know is that He wants us, and serving Him is our highest goal.
I want to assure you that writing this blog is one way that I am striving to follow Jesus's two great commandments: that I love Him with all my heart, soul, mind and strength -- and that this love is enough to hear His voice, and to try to point a way to Him in each day's writing; as well as wanting my words to touch each person, in love and compassion, who are trying to see Him through the daily circumstances of our lives. And I must confess that, while inspired and committed, I am often exhausted by the effort. I often feel as though I have not given my best to either God or you. And, after four years, I think I just need a little time of rejuvenation.
When I said that these next few days are to "rest" my mind, I want you to notice that I did not add the other word that usually accompanies that idiom ... "relax". You see, by rest, I mean that I need a few days of peace and refreshment... Peace from all the turmoil that floods my mind and makes it difficult to filter out only what I am to share with you. And I need a time of refreshment; a time to get revived and to receive a new influx of spiritual inspiration.
To me, relax means to loosen up or become less firm in my motivation and purpose; and to have a milder manner. Make no mistake, I am feeling that our future will call for a renewed firmness and a bolder stance on the part of each of us. So, after praying and listening, I have discerned that it is OK for me to take this small break; in fact, it is necessary that I do so.
My plan is to continue my writing next Sunday, at the end of our Thanksgiving holiday. And of course, if the Holy Spirit inspires me to share some of my thoughts throughout the week, you can be assured, I will be eager to do so.
I also want you to know that I am under no illusion that this blog, or my words, are anything to be glorified. If this page disappeared tomorrow, God would still reach you through His Holy Spirit, and through the words and actions of someone else. I am not the center of His plan of reconciliation, by any means. But I am blessed by this opportunity to share how He has worked in my life and to encourage you in your walk with Him. I will be keeping you in my prayers this week, as we each celebrate our gratitude and thanksgiving for His presence in our lives and in this sinful world. May your week be full of rest and peace and revival. May God bless you and your families, and reveal Himself to you in His fulness and greatness. Happy Thanksgiving!
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].