Aug 11, 2011

Precious


Sometimes words and thoughts are just for me. Just like this little daisy from Ainsley. Isn't she precious?

Just like this passage from my quiet time book:

"Nicholas Herman was a soldier in the Thirty Years War the engulfed seventeenth century Europe. At the age of eighteen he was captured, charged with espionage, and threatened with hanging. He proclaimed his innocence and was released. Shortly after, he was wounded and left the army. What he witnessed in the war led him to give his life to Christ that same year. He briefly served the treasurer of the king of France, but soon he decided to dedicate his life to God and become a monk. At a Carmelite monastery, he was given the name Brother Lawrence and became a full member of the order in 1642.
His assigned duties at the monastery were in the kitchen. He hated his job for at least ten years. One day he made a conscious decision to live in the presence of God, moment by moment, walking and talking with Him throughout the day. He described the result of that decision: 'I suddenly found myself changed and my soul, which up till then was always disturbed, experienced a profound inner peace.' He no longer dreaded his kitchen work, and he felt close to God whether he was peeling potatoes or kneeling at the alter. His inner peace was so profound that others were drawn to him. His reputation for holiness led to publication of a collection of his letters and reminiscences, which was later published as 'The Practice of the Presence of God'."
-Father I Long for a Heart that Dances, by Catherine Martin

Here is an excerpt from that book by Brother Lawrence:
"I make it my business to persevere in His holy presence...In short, I am assured beyond all doubt, that my soul has been with God above these thirty years...He converses and delights Himself with me incessantly, in a thousand and a thousand ways, and treats me in all respects as His favorite. It is thus I consider myself from time to time in His holy presence. My most usual method is this simple attention, and such a general passionate regard to God."

In my Bible I write next to passages that I find especially moving the word, "Precious". Many, many passages are marked, but one today that seems to fit is the passage,
"Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!"

I want to SEE everyday. While I'm washing dishes at the sink, and doing laundry for the umpteenth time. I want this same awareness that I am always in the presence of God and I am always the apple of His eye.

2 comments:

  1. The Lord is good! Thanks for that reminder. Today has been difficult for me because one of my good friends was in the middle of an adoption and the birth father came back for the baby. I kept asking "why" and I know that His plans are best, but it's hard to see sometimes. Thank you for the reminder!

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I also want my life and my everyday tasks to be "worship."

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