“We say, then, to anyone who is under trial, give Him time to steep the soul in His eternal truth. Go into the open air, look up into the depths of the sky, or out upon the wideness of the sea, or on the strength of the hills that is His also; or, if bound in the body, go forth in the spirit; spirit is not bound. Give Him time and, as surely as dawn follows night, there will break upon the heart a sense of certainty that cannot be shaken.” ~ Amy Carmichael
So it’s been a week since I had to get up every day at what I like to call ‘too early’! And it’s been a busy week, that’s for sure…went back to my old part time job, cracked into my first online lecture and hooked into the student allowances offered by the government. I got my volunteer placement sorted out and I also organised my volunteering days at the op-shop/vintage wares and coffee shop that I help out in.
But before I get too far off track, let me draw attention to the quote at the beginning – what beautiful and refreshing words! How much does her wisdom make you want to grab the Bible, a travel mug, a journal and set off in the direction if some open space? I just wanted to dash down to the beach and take up residence on a bench, looking out over the beauty of God’s creation…only it’s been raining here intermittently so I didn’t.
But I found those words very reassuring that there is ALWAYS space and time in God’s calendar for me. I’m not bound by the restrictions of this world – I can seek Him whenever and wherever I need and want. And I need to make it more often than it has been. If I can take the time to create more of a Sabbath in each of my weeks, I know I’ll feel better. I’m by nature, a glass-half-empty person.
But quotes like this coupled with the words of God in His timeless Book make me want to be more of a positive person. Especially as I head into such change for the next 12 months. I have to stop. Listen. And then just remember that He is a lamp unto my feet, and He shows me just what I need to know and when I need to know it.
This week, I encourage you to step into a space of open air. Pause. Feel the breeze of His Holy Spirit. And just know that He is with you, guiding you on in this adventure. Sowing you step by step, the next part of your journey. Be certain in Him…