Yeah, of course you do. It’s Monday. Christmas is over. The snow-globish Hallmark movies are disappearing from your cable feed for another year. You still have to put away all those lights and decorations. The penalty for all those purchases will soon show up in the form of bills. And, to add insult to injury, there’s a loooong stretch of winter ahead.
Yeah, I’d say you could use some good news right about now.
I think this excerpt from Frances Roberts’ Progress of Another Pilgrim is just the medicine we need for the trying days we find ourselves in and those still to come.
“There is a way of the Spirit unknown to the natural mind. No barrier can keep you from finding His best except an unyielded will. As long as it is your inmost desire to know the will of God and do it, He Himself will guide and direct in all sorts of surprising ways.
“His desire to bless you goes infinitely beyond your own personal desire to secure His blessing. There is always peace in His presence. Do not disturb this by anxiety to know what is in store for tomorrow. Out of the very tranquility of worship will be born the guidance you need.
“Give Him your full adoration. His grace toward you extends through the channel of your love and is activated by your desire to receive. Go forth each day with the quiet knowing: Christ is in this day because Christ is in me. You can go nowhere without finding Him there, because wherever you go, you take Him with you, and He goes before and follows after!”
I received a good word from a brother this very day when he reminded me that, in my recent physical afflictions, God remains for me, that He’s on my side. I keep going back to that helpful word, knowing anything that comes to me must come through Him first. That tells me all of it – whatever it is – is redemptive and sanctifying to my soul.
He’s good, I tell you…and He’s waiting to show you. Oh sure, He’s been known to offer us good without our consent (grace), but isn’t it always best to agree with His will and KNOW that all that comes to us is indeed good?
Isn’t that a good word? Happy Monday!
Join me again tomorrow as my friend, Shawn, will guest post on this very topic. I’ve read it and it wonderfully good!