‘The shortest distance between a problem and
a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor." Charles Stanley
"When one tugs at a single thing
in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
Not too long ago on a warmish winter day,
I glimpsed the spear of a daffodil peeping up to ask if it was time to emerge from hibernation. Alas, since then, the temperature dropped to minus zero Fahrenheit for a couple of nights, screaming not yet! Until the deep freeze, my winter
pansies were the only cheerleaders on Flower Drive. Now all color from my front
lawn has been wiped away. When two
black-as-night crows stopped to rest a few minutes in the oak tree nearest my house, a
swarm of starlings swept over the horizon, adding to the bleakness of this winter.
Meanwhile, closer up, finches, titmice, woodpeckers, cardinals, sparrows and doves at my copper topped feeder reminded
me of the tilt of mother earth on her axis. Deeper might be the winter, but more welcome and glorious will be the spring. Patience, I reminded myself. The
resurrection is near.
Recently my Sunday school text focused
on the Syro-phoenician woman who pleaded with Jesus to heal her mentally ill daughter.
Matthew’s telling of this event emphasized her recognition of Him as Lord and the determined faith she had as
she worshipped Him, a beautiful lesson in love, compassion and answered prayer.
Studying the text, I was
reminded of how my life has been lived out in metaphors, seeking His best for myself and for others along my way, pondering my passages, and coming home (after all those long sojourns to the remote corners
of the globe) to where I belong. Now, as the upper years creep upon me, a new
metaphor to face the future in faith --going home –
the final journey. O, blessed assurance to know and proclaim with all that my
heart knows is true I have the promise of eternal life.
"Retire from the
world each day to some private spot. Stay in the secret place till the surrounding noises begin to fade out of your heart
and a sense of God’s presence envelops you. Deliberately tune out the unpleasant sounds and come out of your closet
determined not to hear them. Listen for the inward voice till you learn to recognize it." ~A.W. Tozer
"Christ is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all." ~Hudson Taylor
‘The shortest distance between a problem and a solution
is the distance between your knees and the floor." Charles