When a season of turmoil, trial, testing and tribulations pull us into a deep pit, we long for rescue, for God’s quiet waters, stillness and calm to soothe us.
The freeing breath of peace seems elusive until we seek it in Him and not in our circumstances.
And find how faith in Christ becomes the stabilising anchor for our wandering, wilful souls thrown about in life’s stormy seas.
His grace is the means by which we endure and stay calm in the midst of chaos in our circumstances, mind and heart.
Adversity and affliction sift and refine us, make us come forth (eventually) as gold from the fiery furnace.
And they are made bearable by the recognition God is right here with us, in the heat of it all, ready to rescue and save as necessary.
Sometimes a holy agitation occurs which makes us sit up and sense His presence.
What I mean by ‘holy agitation’ is a gentle stirring on the inside, a Holy Spirit nudge, if you like, that grows stronger over time to alert our sleepy souls to His deeper reality and purpose for us.
My life feels stuck and stagnant,
mired in mud soul-deep
And as I stretch yearning arms
toward empty skies, I reach
a place where soft breeze
wrinkles water where I lie
An angel has passed by
to offer holy agitation
to set me free from
stagnation, from still pools,
with soft spools of Spirit sighs
An arm reaches down to mine
Across galaxies, across all time,
eternity of stars so bright
Ready to lift me up, rescue
from dark pit of night
My eyes raised high
from gloom and dim,
I feel the breath of Life
filling lungs with Light
and I cling hard to Him
Dear Reader and Friend,
You know something? Clinging hard to the Lord is where I’m at right now after a prolonged season of increasing sickness since Christmas. Being stubborn old me, I rested up as much as possible after having the flu, but also drove myself as hard as possible to appear relatively ‘normal’ again afterwards.
Apparently, a lot of folk with M.E are like that. Who knew? So I kept up my writing schedules and pulled back from all avoidable social media interaction for a while.
And now? I am deep bone-weary and weak. In need of further rest and sleep, restoration and recovery. In need of not only leaning into Lent but laying down for much of it. In need of putting first things first ~ God, family, health and so on.
Maybe you can relate? You don’t have to be suffering from M.E and chronic illness to feel drained and burnt out.
I’m sensing God saying this is a good time to take a break from blogging for a while, to stay under the protective shadow of His wings as He pours His love, refreshing rest and peace into body and soul.
So I am finally listening and doing just that ~ thinking I can hear a heavenly sigh of ‘At last’ as I do so! It means I will be missing here and on ‘Words of Joy’ for a bit, though I will be honouring my writing commitments elsewhere.
And you can catch up with me on my Facebook page because I could be posting there sometimes as God inspires, enables and indicates it’s fine to do so.
Meanwhile, do feel free to dive into the archives and find something to bless and encourage you. And if you find something you like, please consider leaving a comment or sharing. Your thoughts and words matter. Thank you! May God bless you and keep you until we meet again. With love, Joy 🙂 ❤