This was one of my final shots in Mossel Bay. The lighthouse is on what they call the point. Of course we know that lighthouses guided ships at night.
We too need guidance.
We need fellow disciples who know us and tell us the truth.
We need to be part of a congregation to get equipped for the journey.
But most of all we need the Light of the world.
I’m in 1 John as I ride the M’Cheyne train each day… here’s a great reminder:
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7 ESV
Or at least keep rowing!
Reflecting on the greatness of God is not hard when you’ve got this view.
But when the ground seems to shake and circumstances are difficult, remember this…
“When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” Psalms 94:18-19 ESV
Aim at Heaven
Ride the train
This is my last day in Croatia. I’m encouraged on all fronts by my time here. It’s not been all peaches and cream, but it has been fruitful. On my way to pick up some cleaning I took these shots of and around the cathedral and central market…
which is an amazing place to sit and drink too many espressos…
(Yes, there was mák in that crumpled bag)
Next up is a 25 hour trip to Mossel Bay, South Africa. Prayers appreciated!
Siting in rainy Zagreb (pic is from sunny Zagreb) in solitude (much needed after the last 7 days I might add), I have been encouraged through soaking up extra Scripture as part of my sabbath (aka day off).
I’m reminded of how great God is. I’m reminded how trustworthy is His sovereign hand.
These reminders come as I sit with my Heavenly Father and dwell on His excellent word.
As I look back, as I see how He orchestrated events beyond my ability to predict, I sit amazed at Him, His greatness and His love.
Love that is steady, because His love does not waiver based on circumstances or reciprocal love. His love is without manipulation or self serving. He loves.
These I know from His word and from my experience of Him.
How great is God, the Father, Son and Spirit.
Thanks be to God!
He is steady like the waves… we can rely on Him!
As part of training the heart and mind, it is helpful to dwell on God as our heads hit our pillows. Contemplating His greatness, speaking praise to His name. Then in the middle of the night do the same, upon awaking, praying ourself back to sleep as a child in the lap of a loving Father.
“My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.” Psalms 63:5-7 ESV
Then, as the day dawns, our training bears fruit… thinking and praising Him as we awake.
Aim at Heaven y’all!
Spiritual development is important. How to DO spiritual development is vital*. To consider HOW God designed the human for spiritual development and how it works is a wonder of understanding that awaits you in Anatomy of the Soul.
But at a deeper level, this book helps us see how our interactions have significant implications in those were interacting with.
This is important for those of us who are parents, children and other humans designed by God in His image for fellowship with Him.
For parents who are currently rearing children, this will help you know how to talk to and correct your children in affirming ways.
I’ve recommended quite a few books on this blog, but there is NONE more important to our mental, emotional and spiritual well being than this one.
*Regular readers of this blog will know how important spiritual development is and that it is at the heart of my book. But Anatomy… is so helpful, that in the revision of As We’re Going (currently being edited) I’ll be adding the lessons I’ve learned from Thompson.
He cares for you, loves YOU, SO MUCH that…
“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”Isaiah 53:3 ESV
Yeah, it’s HARD!
But rememember… “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV
May God use this reminder so that we press on!