Friday, April 30, 2010

The One Thing

Always, I'm looking out our kitchen window. Get a pan from the cupboard, glance out the window. Drop bread into the toaster, gaze out the window. Stir the soup on the stove, look out the window. So yesterday morning this view, above, is what I saw--a spotlight in our meadow upon my chair and fairy pool. (Click to enlarge.)

Wow, a spotlight from the sky! And instantly I thought, "That's the kind of light I feel during my quiet times with God. It's as though His light shines down upon me while I sit in my chair thinking about Him and everything good about my days. A light of Heaven, of sorts, seen and felt only within my heart."

Has anyone else noticed that Life isn't exactly getting easier? The Bible warned us that these days would be rough on everyone, and well, they certainly are. Read II Timothy 3 and the front page of the daily newspaper comes to mind:

"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God..."

And as if that weren't enough, people are dying of rampant diseases and killing themselves, too, leaving behind grieving, wounded, distraught families and friends.

I don't know about you, but in our present world, I need God. I need to sustain an awesome, passionate love affair with Jesus Christ, Himself. For me, friendship with Jesus is the one thing which is going to get me through the remaining years of my life.

Yet not just 'get me through' in a struggling, limping, white knuckle sort of way--no! But rather, in a victorious, overcoming, strong, joyful way.

I refuse to settle for less.

The apostle Paul said, One thing will I seek after--that I may know Him.

I'm with you, Paul. One thing will I always seek after, too. That I may know Jesus. That I may walk with Him through the aisles of my supermarket. That I may sit beside Him at a table in Tim Horton's. That I may listen to Him speak while we kneel together out in my garden, pulling weeds. That I might sense His presence, His light, anywhere, even upon my bed in the wee morning hours.

And that I may share Him with you.


One thing, one thing, one thing... One thing does it behoove me to seek after with my whole being. One thing will get me through with joy unspeakable and full of glory.


... Paige said...

I often times feel my faith growing stronger as so many things play out as they should in love as was and is promised

have a safe & happy weekend

Lisa in Texas = ) said...

What a powerful post!
Lisa :o)

Pat said...

What a beautiful sunbeam! Reminds me of a song I sang as a child..."Jesus wants you for a sunbeam". Indeed He does!
The world is growing more weary, but my faith grows stronger as my worldly desires decrease, I too want to be a sunbeam!
Per your recommendation, I read the book, "Fifty Acres and a Poodle". I loved it!! Just my kind of read!

Judy said...

On my way out to sit in a sunbeam!

Dolores said...

That last paragraph brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful. Dolores

jodi said...

A good post but I'm not sure that these are the end of days. I will think on this some more.


Echoes From the Hill said...

What a "Heavenly" place to sit and contemplate!
P.S. I just read the third book in the "Fifty Acres and A Poodle" series and it is very good.