Not really an article but a reflection to be read slowly and thoughtfully considered:
But vision only comes when we take a step back, when we focus less myopically on the trials of today. When we see the road already traveled and the victories along the way that bring encouragement. And that helps us remember WHO He is.
"And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together."
-I Col. 1:17
God brings order. He is the glue, the One who brings rhythm, the conductor. Before all, in all, through all. He is. He is the I AM. He is the One who has already won not only the battle---but the war. And this is what He says:
"The Lord will fight for you, and you only have to be silent (some translations 'be still')."
"But, God,.....?" "Be silent, my child. Be silent and trust me. Be still and know that I AM."
"Ahhh, right, God, I forgot that for a moment." Or a few days, a month, whatever. "When my heart is faint (overwhelmed). Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." (Ps. 61:2)
He is our Father, our Victor, our Champion. And amazingly He is our friend.
"No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you."
Friends with GOD.
Don't feel like He's there today? Listen a bit more closely. Shut out the noise, take time to contemplate and LISTEN.
"Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord..."
-Jer. 29: 12-14
It's often not an instant fix, it's a process, but His Presence is worth it. How much value do we place on that?
"But He will not reveal Himself openly and communicate His glories and bestow His treasures save on those who He knows greatly desire Him, for these are His true friends."
-Teresa of Avila
Our side of the friendship: seeking Him. Showing Him that we want Him, need Him, care. And ultimately blessing us far more in return.
The God of Glory, our friend.
Pause and reflect.
A wee smile before you go!