Thursday, September 20, 2007

Daniel 5 & 6; Psalm 130; Luke 3

The loneliness yesterday threatened to overwhelm and yet ‘to trudge’. That’s what I encourage others to do, how can I do any less or maybe more importantly how can I do more?
To say that this life full of blessing is to be trudged through, doesn’t make sense….?
A loss of focus? I don’t know but to deny the trudging would be a lie.
Beginning to read E. Petersons book, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction perhaps confirmation in the title? A life worth living though, is it to be trudged through?
Maybe it IS as simple as a loss of focus, a simple shift in that beginning to want something, whatever IT may be more than what He has for me?

Psalm 130
A song of ascents.
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
2 O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.
6 My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.



Jada's Gigi said...

sounds like your trip was awesome! no trudging is not what its about...if you're thinking "is this is all there is?"...get up and do somethign different...door will open.

the_burning_bush said...

That hidden question in the back of our minds, "How much value does my life have? Do I want to be me? Can I accept time by myself without anyone else?" It is very easy to fall into melancholy, and this can happen at anytime. But every opportunity to drink melancholy is also an opportunity to drink the joy of the Lord.

Good post. An excellent prelude to Psalm 130.

jennypo said...

Yes, there is the trudging. It makes a good backdrop for the singing.

Thank God for the trudging! Remember, there will be no more of it where we are going! Never again will we have such rich opportunities to offer what costs (and what costs more than trudging?); oh, dying is shot through with glory and a simple thing compared to the dusty, depressing job of offering ourselves as "living sacrifices". I have seen my father, time and again, move on toward his God - crawling when he could no longer run, walk, or even trudge. His onward-onward-onward journey has taught me as much about who God is as anything else. There is nothing wrong with trudging. When we do this we tell the universe that what draws us forward is more important than the journey; more important than even the goal; more powerful than our own thinking; more dear than even ourselves. When we cannot dance gladly, let us trudge determinedly - toward Him. How we go is nothing - the Christ is all that matters.

"Men are measured by what they seek - a dream; a truth; a star..."

joeyanne said...

I feel I have been trudging lately too. I am truly encouraged by your post. I am learning how unimportant the circumstances are; how important the attitude of the heart! If I must trudge, then trudge I will. I want to learn God in this body with this mind on this earth, before I know even as I am known.