What would I do without Jesus
When the days with their shadows grow dim
When storm billows roll sweep over my soul
What would I do without him:
Keep on believing, Jesus is near
Keep on believing there is nothing to fear
Keep on believing this is the way
Faith in the night as well as the day
He knows the untried way
He sees each step ahead
and by his guiding hand
you shall be safely lead
Just cooking a late lunch and delighting in the sweet taste of blueberries, when I had a thought.
Excuse me for writing in a previous post that our lives are ours to write: “we’ve just got to write them well” …blah blah blah…Who was I kidding?!
God is the author of all our stories. Accepting that He holds the pen/keyboard/feather is a daily struggle, but remembering that He has the control takes a whole load of pressure off my shoulders today.
Thanking the Lord for that today.
We may be the protagonist of our story; we are not the author of it.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:2 KJV
So guys, take a minute (although-girls-I-understand-it’s-hard-to-when-it’s-your-time-of-the-month-and-you-feel-like-little-minions-are-throwing-small-punches-at-you-I-know), slip off those shoes and put your feet up. Get back to that To-Do list in a bit – relaxing in the knowledge that Jesus has got it covered.
Just doing a bit of reminiscing, and stumbled upon some encouraging words on the LDS (Latter Day Saints) website from a President Dieter F.Uchtdorf, a member of the LDS church.
So often we get caught up in life’s busy-ness and later harbour regrets; but here, Uchtdorf talks about the example of Jesus, (our great Servant King!): giving time to those people around Him, and seeing always their “infinite value”.
“Isn’t it true that we often get so busy? And, sad to say, we even wear our busyness as a badge of honor, as though being busy, by itself, was an accomplishment or sign of a superior life.
I think of our Lord and Exemplar, Jesus Christ, and His short life among the people of Galilee and Jerusalem. I have tried to imagine Him bustling between meetings or multitasking to get a list of urgent things accomplished.
I can’t see it.
Instead I see the compassionate and caring Son of God purposefully living each day. When He interacted with those around Him, they felt important and loved. He knew the infinite value of the people He met. He blessed them, ministered to them. He lifted them up, healed them. He gave them the precious gift of His time”
Find the full speech (titled Of Regrets and Resolutions), click the link below! It’s really thought-provoking, and definitely worth a listen, or two!
Tonight I’m choosing to post the poem, ‘When God Wants To Drill A Man’. These are some powerful words that Joni Eareckson Tada chose to include in one of her writings. Joni is a Christian author, who I’ve liked since a young age. Her story is inspiring, and if you get the chance to read her story, you’ll see how her faith is even more so. The poem itself is anonymous. If you too are a believer in Jesus and feel like you’re going through a testing time, or need encouragement right now, I hope the poem helps! Know that God is in control and has a plan, even when we don’t know what we’re doing and we’re not sure what we’re about.
When God wants to drill a man, and thrill a man and skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man to play the noblest part,
When He yearns with all His heart to create so great and bold a man
That all the world should be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways:
How He ruthlessly perfects whom He royally elects;
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him into shapes and forms of clay
Which only God can understand,
While man’s tortured heart is crying and he lifts beseeching hands;
Yet God bends but never breaks when man’s good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses,
And with mighty power infuses him,
With every act induces him to try His splendor out,
God knows what He’s about.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”