Saturday, December 12, 2015

It is Good!

This is a tea cozy. I just made it. Working without a pattern, I stayed with it until I was satisfied. I couldn't give up, loved the print too much. 
It had to be functional - I make tea twice a day - so easily filled, rinsed and emptied and of course eminently 'hold-able'. (I just like that word eminently). 

However I soon noticed there was more to it.. I also wanted it to be pleasing. As I worked, I wondered if I fussed too much... Was this really necessary? Then I had the most wonderful realization and finished my project with abandon: 

When God worked, He felt the need to be satisfied, to be pleased! Each day He worked at a project as recorded in Genesis chapter 1. Each day He worked until He could look at the fruit of His Labor and say: "It is good"! 

What an amazing God we serve who works and does not stop until He is satisfied, until what He makes is not just serviceable and workable but also pleasing. In making my little tea cozy I caught a glimpse of His great care, His amazing understanding, His attention to detail, His great love for His subject, His view of a future. 

We are in Good Hands indeed... Have a rich Advent Season. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

No News is not good news.

Life just took a down turn for someone I love but I harvested a gold nugget.
At first I stopped hearing from her and the sheer lack of communication was unbelievably painful.  

As I sought the Lord for knowing how to deal with this situation (and not react in pain), I heard the importance of Abiding in a brand new way, on an emotional level and from God's perspective. Almost as if He said: "Now you know what it feels like when my people don't abide in Me." It changed me forever. 

I had always focussed on the Holiness aspect of abiding, not the Love relationship. A few long days later, I heard from my young friend again. It was bad news... but I felt so relieved! 

Bad news was so much better than no news at all. 


Lesson Learned: God can deal with our problems, He has already figured all of that out. What He cannot or will not deal with (theologians I will leave that one to you) is when we reject Him, refuse to acknowledge Him, cut off communication from Him... when we no longer abide in Him or in His Word we might still receive from His Hand (He is so gracious) but we cannot see His Face, find His Refuge or have fellowship with Him who is the Lover of our Souls. 

(update: my young friend is actually in a better place now than she has ever been).