Has your heart been stirred with a longing to help those who are far away and in such heavy need?
Maybe it’s the heartbreaking news coming in from the Texas flooding?
Or maybe it’s the concern over those you love who are in difficult places?
One morning recently, I was overcome by the beauty of the Morning Glories climbing over the bench in our front yard. As I reviewed all of my photos where I had tried to capture what I felt there, I was disappointed when I saw my shadow smack-dab in the middle of the bench! How could I have missed that?
But then the Lord opened my eyes to realize that HE had given me a beautiful picture to illustrate the Scripture that had been dwelling in my heart all day.
“May the Lord keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other.” Genesis 31:49
Many have spent beautiful times of fellowship on this very bench:
my grandchildren and I
my husband and I
my friends and I
my Mom and I
even my Mom and my Vietnamese daughter-in-law’s Mom
I am missing so many of them now.
Oh, yes, I know that my prayers are vital for those I love. But I have so many things I wish I could say, ways I wish I could actually touch each one. How do we handle that absence? How do we deal with the void we feel when we are separated?
In my searching, I found these thoughts in Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Genesis 31:49:
“Friends at a distance from each other may take the comfort of this, that when they cannot know or succour one another God watches between them, and has his eye on them both.”
And what of the beautiful story of friendship that is shown between Jonathan and David?
Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.1 Samuel 20:42
These thoughts again, from Matthew Henry’s Commentary found a home within my heart:
“They referred themselves to the covenant of friendship that was between them, both of them comforting themselves with this in this mournful separation: ‘We have sworn both of us in the name of the Lord, for ourselves and our heirs, that we and they will be faithful and kind to each other from generation to generation.’ Thus, while we are at home in the body and absent from the Lord, this is our comfort, that he has made with us an everlasting covenant.”
What will I do with the longings when I want to be with those I love? How can I carry the weights of longing to make things better for those who are in difficulty?
Ah, there is the point of JOY
coming as I trust.
In the invisible places,
I see a shadow
of a PRESENCE
The Lord dwells
Where I can only long to go.
The Lord blesses
When I can only envision grief.
When I call HIM into the center
Will be covered by HIS Shadow.
HE WATCHES BETWEEN YOU AND ME.
Here is the link to another Faith Blogger who actually is living through the Texas Flooding now, and shares ways to currently help:
And, I am excited to be a collaborator with another sweet Faith Blogger as she has opened a Facebook page to answer questions about what Fibromyalgia really is. If you have ever wondered how to explain Fibro, or even what it feels like, please visit her page for some great information that she has pulled together:
I am linking this week with these great sites: