08 March 2014

the hard parts

This week Diana has us pondering what we do with the hard stuff in the Bible.

there are so many books to read
page after page after page
of words, facts or fiction
all of questionable veracity
all, but one

this, a letter written
from a heart of love
mercy, grace
a verbal portrait of the author
the perfector of our faith
given to be read
again and again and again
but never alone

with our own eyes and reasoning
the words are flat
ink on paper
beyond comprehension
all of it hard stuff
so I read with an interpreter
the Holy Spirit
gifted, poured out 
and into me

there are words of love
easy to swallow, sweet
and satisfying
but words of correction
direction, can taste dry
stuck in my throat
I can struggle to understand
make sense of things
on my own, choking
and remain unnourished

how much better
to request living water
and let go, trusting
He will make all things
the hard, complicated
sticky things
clear in His perfect timing

help me then, Lord
to remember to release it all
that my answer to 
what do I with the hard things?
would be
I lay them at His feet


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5 comments:

Linda@Creekside said...

Oh yes! Praise God for the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives ... without Him, we would be more than confused. With His guidance, we gain wisdom.

Joy Lenton said...

Oh yes, Karin, this:
"a letter written
from a heart of love
mercy, grace
a verbal portrait of the author
the perfector of our faith
given to be read
again and again and again
but never alone"
It says it all. God's love letter to us to be read, devoured and understood by His Spirit's insight and companionship with us as we read it. Lovely! Thank you. :) x

Denise said...

You continue to bless me, thanks.

carol longenecker hiestand said...

"my answer to
what do I with the hard things?
would be
I lay them at His feet"

yes, I love these words. thank you.

diana said...

Oh, friend - this is so beautiful! Thank you for lovely words each week during this journey. I am so grateful.

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