The following words deeply move me.
These words express a well of inner thoughts and ponderings about this daily journey and ache of growing and reaching toward the relationship with my Heavenly Father.
No one ever imagines how narrow and challenging this commitment to be surrendered to His plan alone can be.
But, where else can we go?
There’s no safer or more secure place to be than when we are in His Presence, yielding to His appointments and purposes.
THE LONELINESS OF THE CHRISTIAN by A.W. Tozer (Extract)
“The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world…
His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorptions in the love of Christ; and because with his circle of friends there are few who share his inner experiences, he’s forced to walk alone.
The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord himself suffered in the same way.
The man (or woman) who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him.
He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided, and the gulf between him and society widens.
He searches for the friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none, he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.
It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else.”
Let’s Pray This Together for Strength and Faith in God’s Calling In and On Our Lives.
“In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, Dear LORD, see me through these strange times.
In these troubling times, I am filled with unspeakable distress.
I reach out my hand to you now, and ask you to walk beside me.
I cannot carry all of these concerns and sorrows, but I know that you can, and will. Please walk beside me.
Please guide me.
Please help me hold on strong through the trials and storms.
Help me hold on to my faith, in even the darkest hours.
Stay with me LORD, and show me Your way.
Teach me LORD! Rekindle a love and inner commitment to you.
In your love and Holy Spirit I abide.
Amen. (Origin Anonymous)
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the U.S.A. and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.