Saturday, February 23, 2013

On a More Serious Note





I am reading through "Mended" by Angie Smith for the second time, this time with a group from (in)courage. I think I mentioned this a few days ago in a post.

As I was reading the introduction, I noticed that Angie encouraged her readers to write a word, a prayer or a thought on a post-it note or in her journal for each chapter. Journaling is a huge part of my life but for some reason the post-it note idea stayed with me so that is what I am doing.

Yesterday I was reading page 17 where she talks about how Jesus could have come down from the cross. He could have spoken a word to make it all stop. But he didn't. He stayed. My first thought was filtered through how I have felt the past few months.

 "You could have stopped all this, but you didn't. You stayed. You didn't use your power. "

As I read the sentence again, something shifted.

"But Jesus stayed."

He stayed on the cross.

Then I heard Him whisper in my heart.

" I'm not going anywhere."

The words pierced through my sense of discouragement, abandonment and questions.

"I'm not going anywhere."

He is here. He is.

And He's staying.

3 comments:

Nancy said...

Paula, this gives me goose bumps.....It's one thing to know something in our head but when He whispers in our heart that's an entirely different matter......

I must read this book....

Cheryl Ruffing said...

That's a beautiful revelation.

"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."

Sometimes, it's hard to remember that it's about His will, not ours.

dwellonthese said...

Such a beautiful book and such a powerful reflection you've provided. I look forward to journeying through the book with you.