November 03, 2006

Rejoice, I say again, rejoice!!

When it feels
Like your world is crashing down around you,
Keep your eyes on Me.
I'll be your northern star.
I'll get you through the dark.

When you're lost,
I'll be the arrow
On the compass of your heart.

When you can't sleep,
Don't count sheep,
Think of Me, dream of Me,
And let everything else go.

When you tried and failed,
To make it on your own,
Give up the wheel,
And let Me take you home...

I wrote that back in April of this year. But it seems so applicable to right now, for me. I seem to be hitting rough spots on a more regular basis now. And that is a good thing because, as I have said so many times before, life is NOT supposed to be easy. Life is not supposed to be a time when all our desires are satisfied. IN FACT, all of our desires are supposed to be, with God's help, oriented on what GOD wants, not ourselves. I am so far from this state, but God is helping me to grow and to die to my self will whenever it wants to defend itself, its "right" to "happiness." AND, more and more, God is helping me to be happy when people in the world would be crying in the same situation. That is because God is behind me-to catch me if I fall, beneath me-bearing me up, in front of me-protecting me and leading me, and beside me-comforting me. (I know that is from one of my old poems but I couldn't find it except in my memory.)

So, I WILL rejoice. I will cherish everything, especially the hard things, that God gives me because He only does it to bring me closer to Him...


Wendy WaterBirde said...

Hello Liberty,

I know this is counter to your post in a sense and so I hope it doesnt offend, but I really do hope things get easier for you. Yes He can use trials to bring us closer but He can also use peace and calmness and contemplation and rest. There is nothing wrong with saying no Martha's busyness and taking the "better part" like Mary did. I speak as someone who used to push myself incredibly hard and in later years burnt out and paid for it. But you know yourself best of course, and will be guided by Him : )

Blessings, Wendy

Nevar said...

I believe Scrib has forgotten his report that is due to you. That, or, he has finally moved to South America to live in the mountains. Truly envious, I am.

Travis said...

You know, it is painful some times to get to that point where we
Give up the wheel,
And let Him take us home... (to quote a famouse writer) But you know that is when we are most useful to God. The point to which we finally accept we cannot stand on our own and we are broken like the alabaster box, all our contents and all that we have are usable at this point.
I really like what you have to say... Keep it up

AFamousStatue said...

Wendy: It totally doesn't offend me. Thanks for being concerned. God is really blessing me and helping me to have joy in my heart right now. It is a "happy time." :)

Nevar: Oh, he didn't tell you? We BOTH moved to South America to become sherpas on Mt. Everest. I kept telling Mr. Geography Buff that the Himalayas are in ASIA but he insisted. Whatever. Anyway, we are having fun--sort of. I am always sore because I have to lug around rich tourists' suitcases and Scrib just watches. Hahahaha! I'm thinking about dropping him off a cliff. (Couldn't resist a tease...)

Travis: A famous writer? Aww. That's nice, even though not true.
Yep, I have been through that point a couple times. It is a little or actually, a lot painful but the rewards are tremendous. ("Come unto Me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest...")

Scribbley said...

I still love that "When you can't sleep, Don't count sheep", it's one of my favorite parts of any of your writings.

AFamousStatue said...

Thanks, Scrib...