28 May 2015

On Change – The Wilderness

Greetings Dear Reader,

Change can refine us.  We often will not let it but it can.  When change is forced upon we choose how we respond.  So often the change is something we do not wish to endure.  We know we cannot stop it and it screams toward us like an oncoming train. 

Change can destroy us if we try to fight against it or deny it.  Wrong action or inaction can lead to danger, pain, or even death.  The unwanted change is medical ignoring it can be deadly.  If we act wrongly we can inflict collateral damage that does not heal for years.

As the forced change rips into our lives we must look to our faith.  If God is in control he has already approved the change.  It does not mean that the actions that force the change are right or just.  We need to cling to the fact that the change can make us better.  It can refine our faith.  It can burn away the self.

Forced change reminds us that we are following someone who promised there would be times of pain and suffering.  There will be day, weeks, months, or even years when we think the pain is unbearable.  We will think that the darkness will never end.  Fear and uncertainty will try to claim us. 

There is a way out but it is through.  Christ is standing in every moment to carry us if necessary.  Our only duty is to do what is right no matter what the cost.  That is the duty of everyone who claims to follow Christ.  That is my duty.  That is my responsibility.  That is my privilege.  I must do what I believe.  Everything else is just talk.

In the Wilderness – Michael Card

In the wilderness
In the wilderness
He calls His sons and daughters
To the wilderness

But He gives grace sufficient
To survive any test
And that's the painful purpose
Of the wilderness

In the wilderness we wander
In the wilderness we weep
In the wasteland of our wanting
Where the darkness seems so deep

We search for the beginning
For an exodus to hold
We find that those who follow Him
Must often walk alone

In the wilderness
In the wilderness
He calls His sons and daughters
To the wilderness

But He gives grace sufficient
To survive any test
And that's the painful purpose
Of the wilderness

In the wilderness we're wondering
For a way to understand
In the wilderness there's not a way
For the ways become a man

And the man's become the exodus
The way to holy ground
Wandering in the wilderness
Is the best way to be found

In the wilderness
In the wilderness
He calls His sons and daughters
In the wilderness

But He gives grace sufficient
To survive any test
And that's the painful purpose
Of the wilderness

Groaning and growing
Amidst the desert days
The windy winter wilderness
Can blow the self away

In the wilderness
In the wilderness
He calls His sons and daughters
To the wilderness

But He gives grace sufficient
To survive any test
And that's the painful purpose
Of the wilderness

And that's the painful promise
Of the wilderness

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”

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