He can literally use anything to speak, and yet, we want him to speak in specific ways so that we have control over the way it looks, and so that we don’t have to seek him in order to understand. We don’t want to have to stop and give him our eyes, but that’s the only way to hear him.
There is so much darkness that even seemingly happy people are in when they do not have the Lord in their lives. And we are free from that. There is so much freedom in knowing that we live in the light, and are free from darkness. What things has the Lord saved you from? For you, personally, what darkness do you no longer remain in? Thank the Lord for that, and pray that others will find this freedom, too. Maybe, through you.
What I realized when I read this verse is that there is a distinct difference between feeling joy in a moment God gave to me, and pursuing those moments as the only way to fill my soul. I don’t need to withhold my joy when I feel it bubbling up, but I do need to be sure that what I seek is not simply that joy.
He gave us pride in career achievements, baby giggles, Girl Scout cookies, really good coffee, and romantic dates with our spouses to remind us that everything is not in fact meaningless. He gave us those precious gifts to remind us that the toil is not in vain, and that even those moments pale in comparison to what is awaiting us in heaven.
I am not worthy of this call on my own, but because he chose me for the call of motherhood, I am worthy. It is not my own patience, my own shining parental abilities, my own strength, or my own ideas. It is hands down, plain and simple, only the grace of God that enables me to get through each day.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7