Making Tracks

Wait upon the Lord (Is 40:31)

Is not a call to do nothing …

…but rather His cue to keep goingkeep workingkeep doingTRUST even though it seems like you’re going in circles

You know those circles … they’re like Lionel train tracks laid out on the living room floor… it goes in circles; albeit oblong, round or free-form, nevertheless, it goes round and round and round without getting anywhere.

Circles; adorable for a Lionel train, not so much so for the rest of us. There is a ‘rest of the story’ however, and that is … ‘in His time’ and ‘in His way’ progress will be made. These wonderful truths brought joy and a smile; sweet residuals of a personal breakthrough that was long in coming …

Struggling within the relentless, wearying, maze of seemingly ‘nowheres-ville’ ~ God worketh. In His good and perfect time He sends the person, persons, object or circumstance that unveils that which you need to move forward … Ahh, yes! The blessed intervenors; straight pieces of track, if you will, track to break out from the circular pattern; Woo hoo! Got the piece that moves me forward – yes, but …

… Indeed, He delivers the missing piece, the information or help that is needed, but forward motion isn’t achieved until I, myself, do the work of activating that which He has graciously given. It is my battle and it is my energy that must be spent to accomplish the task.

Surprising to me, it took several more hours, and hurtles, stretched across three more days before it all came to pass. It had been a very long time in coming; months. It had been draining, and I was exhausted, but excited. Emotionally, the aftermath ranged from super-charged to surreal, and somewhere in the grateful mellowness of the realization of it all were thoughts of the sum of undetected little victories at the small whistle stops along that track that was going “nowhere.”

If you’re on the right track and you find yourself in circles … keep goingkeep workingkeep doingTRUST even though it seems like you’re not making progress. God is there with you building knowledge, understanding, character and the qualities needed for what lies ahead. In His time and in His way He WILL deliver the help you need…and then He’ll help you activate it. He’s never late. “…keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.” I Pt 4:19

It is energizing to be in a clearing, to see an open door and to know here is the next step … but the reality is there will be other battles. Battles never end, they just change. No worries, just …

“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the [task] of the Lord is finished correctly. (I Chron 28:20)

Blessings for your day ~

Kathleen

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Easter week in my location was of storms; constant deluges of rain, lightning, and thunder. Though not perfect Easter morning weather, the church was packed out; the foyer brimming over with dripping, rain-soaked umbrellas, shoulder-to-shoulder raincoat clad worshippers; and cars, so many vehicles; there were those whose passengers waded through the waters and others formed a line one-by-one under the portico to drop families off.  

I, myself, was a “wader.” I never thought of high heeled platform shoes as a hedge against high water, until I stepped from the car…that’s when the thought occurred to me, “These shoes are great for wading.” Not so. The thought swooped out of my head as quickly as it had arrived. These shoes were no match for the water that rose well above “platform height.” Nevertheless, smiles and giggles were abundant among the dueling umbrellas running through the parking lot. 

The rest of the day was enjoyed with family at home, “the Happy Gathering Place” … we found Easter baskets, gave thanks for the wonderful lunch buffet of roast beef, pasta, deviled eggs, sides and fixins’, and played games. Aaand the rain, oh yes, we continued to enjoy the rain, as the rain continued to pour.

Not until late Easter afternoon, at the end of the fourth day of heavy storms did the clouds break. Blue skies peeked through the dark and dreary like pale blue Easter eggs waiting to be found by excited children, the sun was there, too, displaying the bright yellows and oranges of hidden eggs, and the seas, still rolling, were white with waves, a reminder of the pure white of the lilies that had flanked the Easter morning alter.

The break in weather brought an evening stillness, of sort. Families had gone home and the day was done. Wherever they were, I hope the others took time to notice it all, surely they did. It was in such contrast to what was earlier and what now is; from a dark, foreboding, low heaviness to the light, opulent window of lifted spaciousness; room to breathe and room to grow, if you will. Indeed, a stark contrast from what was and what now is; seemingly a visible expression of a life transformed. It brings the morning’s message to mind. God promises, “I will” … Save, Free, Restore, Fulfill. Jesus has risen. He IS alive. Life through Him is transformed; from cumbersome, heavy and dreary to freedom, bright and beautiful!

Write this down

… in your heart, know for certain: Jesus loves you. All is forgiven. Now, forget the past and look forward to what lies ahead … (Phil 3:13)   Forgetting is not about memory, it’s about moving on. It’s not allowing the past to dictate the future. It is remembering where we are brought back from as we look forward to the saved, free, restored, fulfilled life that lies ahead.

Hoping your Easter was blessed ~

Kathleen

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This One Thing …

Good Friday ~ It marks the day Jesus was crucified, dead and buried. Completely without sin, He became our sin so that we could be free from the chains that bind us; that kill, that steal and destroy us. Born into sin, an eternal death sentence is our due. Though it cannot be reversed, we can be saved from it. Jesus, God’s only son; God incarnate (embodied in flesh; given human form).  His one solitary purpose in coming to earth as man to be crucified, to die and to be buried is to save each individual whom He has created. Love in the purest form and to the highest degree.  

This One Thing …

Sunday is coming …  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.  I am the Way—yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except by means of me.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

“Peace I leave you; my peace I give you.”

Jesus

John 14 and Luke 11

The Journey Continues…

A New Year’s confession ~ I love fog; it’s delightful. It isn’t surprising then that foggy peripheries are a component of the first blog post for both 2015 and 2016; albeit the first post of 2016 comes mid-February. I have a personal perspective on fog, but aside from that, fog is also seemingly indicative of an approach to life’s journey, especially at the beginning of a new year when persons … look ahead, make plans, sets goals, construct lists, and adapt resolute actions … and then, go headlong into a fog bank not seeing the step in front of them; headlong into a scrim in the theatre of the unknown new year. We lose our way. Oh, so easily. So quickly.

This is not to suggest that planning or looking ahead be ignored, but rather, that the uncertainties of our dealings in a new year, hence, “the fog,” be considered as a soft hedge of protection. Always … so quiet, hushed and still, fog slows us, causes us to get our bearings, to gather reassurance for where we are and where we’re going and to proceed with caution … it is the precious opportunity to seek, listen for and expect, wisdom and direction from the small, whisper voice of God. We will never know our true way, fulfill our destiny or live in the full abundance of all that God intends for us unless we learn to heed the hedges. It is of immeasurable importance in the glorious plan that we depend on Him in all we do, for all we are.

I love walking in fog. I am especially fond of photographing in it. Quieting my self-thoughts, I travel further into the silence and give space and time to God. He is there … waiting for each of us … Be still. Be quiet. Trust. Rejoice in His presence and in the wonderful hedge of protection that comes by way of an obscured path … He leads one step at a time. Never hurried, but always with forward motion.

Perhaps pausing upon an image or two will give the feel for the location environed by the pleasant softness and silence of the fog. Be still and enjoy.

 

Blessings for 2016 ~

Kathleen

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”   – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Merry Christmas

Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia

Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia

May the gift of Jesus light up your world

May every gift you give reflect His love

Merry Christmas ~

Blessings for your day ~ Kathleen

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A New Day has Dawned

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 RISEN

~ NEW DAY ~ NEW LIFE ~

(Matt 28:6, 7; Mark16:6; Luke 24:6, 34)

Delayed. Late. Tardy to follow through … of which I am guilty with a post for Easter morning! Though this post is painfully late in coming, rest assured that the Lord Himself is never late! On Easter morning Jesus broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality (2 Tim 1:10). Jesus, alive for evermore, knows you personally. He hears and knows your thoughts and words and actions before you speak or do them, and He answers prayer according to His good and perfect will while you are still praying. He has overcome the world (sin) and his business is making all things new.

Powerfully, profoundly and personally the Spirit of the risen Lord speaks to each heart, and in those who recognize, believe, and receive Him, He powerfully, profoundly and personally makes their life anew.  (anew ~ an adverb meaning over again; in a new form or manner: to play a new tune, to write a new story)

He writes each individual believer’s story anew and gives a new song to sing. [All who claim me as their God…I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them. ( Is 43:7)]  In Christ Jesus sins are forgiven and remembered no more, and old things have passed away. New life can only be written by Him, through Him, and is only found in Him. [I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (Jn 10:10)] 

A new day has dawned.

A new covenant is made.

All things are new.

And the One who sat on the throne announced to His Creation, See, I am making all things new…these words are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine).  (VOICE, AMP)

Grace and peace to you from Him Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come [again] … Rev 1:3

Blessing ~ Kathleen 

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Palm

 

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Considering the image of The Palm…it is Blurred; Hazy outlines and Muted shapes; filing along, a following crowd; directed by the wind. 

Fickle, crowds are. Following them leads us to nowhere. Our propensity, though, is to spend enormous amounts of our time, talent and energy milling about in the throngs of ‘crowd.’ Are we, too, one of the blurred, hazy outlines of muted shape unsure of purpose or path? 

Have we given close attention? Have we searched through carefully to find focus? One must look diligently, but of all that is here, there is one that is steadfast. Set apart; not of the crowd, but the stand out from the crowd… focused and fulfilling of purpose. It is the one illuminated by light. 

How much we are like the frons, fluttering along with the crowd seeking our true self.  Considering that, we are faced with contradiction; one cannot find their own individual uniqueness in blurred, hazy, muted outlines of others.  To search and look carefully for that which is missing or lost, we may discover it is indeed our own self; lost in the whirlwind of ‘crowd.’   

The Palm image is reminder of that first Palm Sunday in Jerusalem; of the crowd of whom we would come to learn is a fickle crowd; blur of hazy outlined, muted shapes; out of focus. Coursed merely by a whirlwind the blur is self-deceiving in thought, purpose, actions. And of Jesus, the one in the entire scene, who, riding in on a donkey, is steadfast and in focus…on His Father’s will. 

Let us not flutter through this Easter season, but rather look earnestly for that which is steadfast; the One place of clarity; there, where the Light shines. It is here, in presence, in stillness and in humble oneness that we find the Savior; our Lord, our God, our Creator; He, who knows us because He made us. Here is the comfort, purpose, direction and fulfillment that we long for. Only at this point of focus can we come to know our Creator and become the person we are meant to be. Oh the places we will go and the amazing insights we will discover.

Blessings ~ Kathleen

 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you…might live!”  Deut 30:19

 “The past does not have to be your prison. You have a voice in your destiny. You have a say in your life. You have a choice in the path you take.”    Max Lucado