This is a cross-post from the blog of my friend (and a great encourager) Jean-Louis Mondon The Light Seed
Classics: Streams in the Desert – February 24 entry – Personal reflection.
It is always when the situation is dire and we feel like giving up and crawl under the blankets of temporary comfort, whatever they happen to be, that God in his mercy and grace shows up (although he is always Jehovah Shamah, the God who is there). Through the Holy Spirit eyes, we see things unseen to us and we hear the Lord talking to us through nature, things that we were oblivious to because we focused our attention on ourselves and on the raging waves and not on our compassionate Lord and his power to take us through the rough places in life.
As I started crying out for help, the Lord opened my eyes which focused on a beautiful naked bush which I had not noticed all morning long. The peculiar thing about this bush is that only one single beautiful tiny red flower had survived the wintry elements and was offering hope and a lesson in perseverance against all odds by the brightness of its color .
The Lord was showing me that even though under the frigid rigor of winter, the earth appears to be stripped and dead and shares its gloom with us humans, the blood of Jesus shed for our sin is a reason for great rejoicing and patience.
This was just a season that the Lord in his wisdom uses to strengthen our faith and dependence on him in everything. This small red blossom was a reminder from my Lord Jesus´suffering and death on the cruel cross and that because of his willingness to be obedient unto death, a new abundant, wonderful and eternal life would be given as a free gift to those who repent and believe in him through the power of his resurrection.
This thought was enough to lift me up and to be greatly encouraged to endure winter and life passing trials and rejoicing while keeping my eyes and mind on Christ´s soon return and the blessings of a life without suffering, trials, tears and death spent in forever praising and glorifying our Blessed Father, Lord Jesus and our dear comforter, the Holy Spirit who always stands ready to encourage and stay alongside us to help us bear whatever comes to us.
May you you receive Holy Spirit comfort and encouragement today. The Lord knows what you are going through and he cares about you. Help is already on the way as he hears and answers the fervent prayer of his righteous children.
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“John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true” (John 10:41).
You may be very discontented with yourself. You are no genius, have no brilliant gifts, and are inconspicuous for any special faculty. Mediocrity is the law of your existence. Your days are remarkable for nothing but sameness and insipidity. Yet you may live a great life.
John did no miracle, but Jesus said that among those born of women there had not appeared a greater than he.
Be willing to be only a voice, heard but not seen; a mirror whose surface is lost to view, because it reflects the dazzling glory of the sun; a breeze that springs up just before daylight, and says, “The dawn! the dawn!” and then dies away.
Do the commonest and smallest things as beneath His eye. If you must live with uncongenial people, set to their conquest by love. If you have made a great mistake in your life, do not let it becloud all of it; but, locking the secret in your breast, compel it to yield strength and sweetness.
We are doing more good than we know, sowing seeds, starting streamlets, giving men true thoughts of Christ, to which they will refer one day as the first things that started them thinking of Him; and, of my part, I shall be satisfied if no great mausoleum is raised over my grave, but that simple souls shall gather there when I am gone, and say,
“THY HIDDEN ONES” (Psa. 83:3)
“Lift them! what marvelous beauty lies
“Are there no lives whose holy deeds–
“Fair white flowers of faith and trust,
“Full fresh clusters of duty borne,
“Though unseen by our vision dim,
“God calls many of His most valued workers from the unknown multitude” (Luke 14:23).