When life changes abruptly – you know, the “suddenlies” – a part of you says, YES! It’s finally here!!! And another part of you wants to put on the brakes, even for things you’ve been praying for forever. That’s us humans for you.
I’ve been annihilated by the “suddenlies” over the past 18 months, and I’m glad… from my heart I can say honestly that I am joyously overwhelmed by the about-face changes God has made in my life. But there are also parts of me still recovering from emotional wind-burn and jet lag.
Jesus enables me to do all things through faith in Him; when I look around I feel entirely blessed. God in me handles the blessing, because my coffers have been enlarged and so has my territory. He is the complete Guardian against my flesh, pushing it backward and beckoning my spirit forward.
God is my shock absorber – He’s the only One Who can be – I cast my cares on Him.
The sun comes out again, and I say, “Thank You, Jesus, for the warm beams that change me and saturate me with nutrient life.” Jesus is the “Son” that never sets, and He carries me through the suddenlies until my legs and feet are rested, and then I am just fine. Then, in Him, I am contentedly braced for more suddenlies, and my being is evenly browned by the light of His Love.
Kindness goes a really long way (I could’ve said “really” once more), especially in the area of one’s self-confidence and realistic self-esteem. In these vital and critical places, my friend Jack Palmer has been invaluably kind to me… no harsh words, only God’s truth.
“I Often Wonder”
Jack Palmer’s new blog is really taking off, and it’s blessing the Glory Shield Ministries family immeasurably. I knew the man could write and had written some beautiful things but – as I’ve truly delved into his writings, taking time to listen to what Holy Spirit has to say about publishing them – I’ve seen a side to his writing that is directly reflective of God’s heart for believers, and of my heart as a believer. Jack’s been given a very powerful ability to capture and accurately describe emotion (almost disconcertingly so). I thought only King David could do that… man, was I wrong! Some things of his I read while pulling a blanket up under my chin because my deepest ponderings have been uncovered by his prose. Folks, writing like that is a miraculous gift, indeed, and Jack’s got it.
I guess because I know so much of his heart, its expression is easily “read” by me.
In any case, the Lord has given Jack favor as his blog reaches souls across the waters in Thailand, above our heads in Canada and so forth, as blessed blogs do. Yesterday Lynette told him of the success God has granted his work, and his heart was blessed. I think he was surprised, too, since he is a genuinely humble man… the best kind of man.
“I Often Wonder” has followers from all walks and ways of life and, whether they know Jesus or not, they’re hearing about Him… and from the perspective of one of His “real” children. Jack’s a guy who doesn’t “front” like he knows everything – he feels pain just like any man. But when it comes to his longing for Christ, he knows full well what he’s saying and doing… and he communicates the soul of his love as well as anyone I’ve encountered.
I love Jack very much, for his love of Christ as well as his many kindnesses to me. Like I said, kindness goes a really (really) long way.
My best friend is an “otter” personality, primarily. I am a “beaver” personality, primarily. Sometimes the two don’t mix (but only sometimes).
I believe God has us in each other’s lives for balance; isn’t that always His way?
She keeps me from becoming too serious too much of the time. I keep her from flouting important situations in favor of frivolity. We actually balance each other’s moods and personalities quite well most of the time. But sometimes… well, you know… we all have “sometimes”, ain’t that right?
I need to get my head out of the sound-proof room of (often critical) over-analyzing and force-field concentration… I admit that.
She needs to dismantle the “Party All the Time” sign – or at least unplug it once in a while.
One thing I will say for otters… they’re probably the most adorable creatures on earth; no fooling. They also have brilliant minds and tremendous dexterity. Beavers (albeit butt-ugly) are invaluably innovative, accurate, and efficient.
Truth be told, we’re life-savers to each other in the plan of God Who is our strength. Too much of anything – other than God, of course – can kill you. He’s granted us balance, He’s granted us sincere delight in each other and love for each other… even through the “sometimes” of our lives.