And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered for awhile, will
yourself himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:1
I started something new today. In a spiral notebook, using my new gel coloured pens, I created the following legend:
Gratitude Miracle Where I am at Success Quotes and Scriptures
With my pink gel pen in hand, I wrote today’s scripture verse which is also my verse for the year as it encompasses my word for 2017: RESTORATION
But do you notice the strike-through, the mistake I made when writing? Instead of himself, I originally wrote ‘yourself.’ In other words, I slipped (unconsciously) into restoration by my own efforts.
God sure does work in mysterious ways doesn’t He?
The other day, after opening up to a friend where I am at, questioning, she said, “It sure isn’t always easy during those times when God is silent.”
I stared silently back at her. Silent? I hadn’t even contemplated that God is being silent. I’ve been asking a lot of ‘why’ questions lately, and praying for something, anything to show He works here among us, while in this world of flesh. With my own intellect and reasoning, I want to know and see.
In today’s reading time:
Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3
“The childlike heart is vulnerable, teachable, joyful, creative and filled with wonder. There’s a difference between being childish and childlike. Childishness is a posture of stubborn challenge. Childlikeness is a perspective of hopeful curiosity. Every question you ever ask is one of challenge or curiosity. Let childlike wonder awaken you again as you let go of all offense at the past and fear of the future.” The Creative Way Meditations, Ted Dekker
Yes, I’d say His ways are mysterious but hopeful…
As this year of 2016 comes to a close and if, like me you are in this season where God seems so silent, my hope for you is that your childlike wonder is awakened and that you know God’s grace restores making you, as He has promised, “strong, firm and steadfast.”
Happy New Year, my friend. Thank you for sharing in my travels this past year, and for sharing your perspectives which has ministered and blessed me beyond words. I look forward to our continued awakenings and wonders expressed in 2017.