Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”John 8:12 AMP
Have you felt the chill of winter even though the Groundhog predicted an early spring?
The chill seemed to seep into my bones last week as a flu bug caused me to hunker down even more than normal. … Waiting for RA infusions, nerve block injections, and listening to the state of the world could bring a soul down to utter weariness.
But mercy has been dropping like dew.
When I finally felt good enough to take a short drive with my husband, the warm sun glinted off of the frozen lake, and I felt the dew of God’s mercy flowing down deeply through cracks and crevices long buried.
This place of feeling shut-in has brought more WITH-ness to me than I ever dreamed possible. Back in my days of busy rushing, I longed for kindred hearts–ones who would pray and commune and share the love of Jesus. He sent me a few, and I deeply treasured those, but I longed for others to see the beauty that could be found by sitting together at the feet of Jesus, even in our woundedness.
Who would have thought that a window to communing would be opened right here, in this shut-in place of chronic illness?
While my joints burn like fire, the cool relief of a friend’s kind comment wraps me in the words of Jesus Himself.
While my head aches like the desert wind, the rain of Living Water from Scripture washes over my pain.
While my body stumbles over the shaky ground, God sends His own light to illumine my pathway.
And I am made new again.
Have you found yourself in cold loneliness? Are there issues in your life that seem to accentuate the brokenness of your days?
There is a place of mercy falling like dew waiting for you too. Would you come with me as we both pause here at the feet of Jesus?
Sow with a view to righteousness [that righteousness, like seed, may germinate]; Reap in accordance with mercy and loving-kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, For it is time to seek and search diligently for the Lord [and to long for His blessing] Until He comes to rain righteousness and His gift of salvation on you.Hosea 10:12 AMP
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for shining the light of God’s love all around us. Thank You for the warmth of Your Word that is alive and active right here. Some days we can only see our brokenness and our shattered hopes and dreams. Would You bring the relief of Your own dear kindness to our hearts now? We need Your warmth to cover the icy places of our souls. Thank You for letting us bring every broken part to You. We long for the healing and joy that comes from communing with You. You are the ONE we long for.
In Your name, we pray,
And somehow in all of this mercy falling, an anniversary passed me by. 4 years ago on February 4, 2016, I published my first blog post, here. When God reminded me and sent me back to read it, I found yet another gift of mercy. The very thing I had asked of Him–to help me to be willing and able to share this journey of Chronic Illness in obedience to His calling–has been His own way of bringing His fellowship. He has communed, He has shared, He has brought a JOY in walking this pathway together with you my dear friends.
Thank You, my Lord Jesus, and thank you, my sweet friends.